LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Florida is the most dangerous place in the country for elderly drivers. The state tops the list for most traffic fatalities involving a driver 65 or older.
34 million licensed drivers in the United States are 65 or older. Of those, some will admit their skills aren't quite what they used to be behind the wheel.
"I'm aware that my reflexes are a bit slower than they were," said one elderly driver named Marie.
She's one of Florida's 2.7 million drivers over 65 and says she's changed her driving habits quite a bit since she was younger.
"I watch everything because I know people are doing other things in other cars," Marie continued.
"I pay very close attention before I leave the house, where I'm going, how many right turns can I take," said Paul Garvey, another elderly driver.
A new study released by Trip, a national transportation research group, ranks Florida first for most traffic fatalities involving a driver 65 or older, with 503 deaths in 2010. But the report suggests the state is being proactive, enhancing roads to better accommodate elderly drivers by widening striping, using larger letters on signs, and offering countdown pedestrian crossing signals.
AAA is also helping elderly drivers sharpen their skills with a new monthly course.
"It's a 10:00 till 4:30 one-day program. If you attend it, you get a certificate. And you can offer it to your insurance company for a discount," said Marsha Kut of AAA in Fort Myers.
AAA's defensive driving course costs $15 and it's available to anyone over 55, not just AAA members. The next class is scheduled for March 14th.