In 2020, older drivers (75 years and above) numbered more than 17 million. And that was two years before the leading edge of the baby boom started reaching its mid-70s. Now those numbers are climbing, along with the candles on their cakes.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, experts say. Many older drivers retain their skills later into life, carmakers are equipping cars to make them safer, and roadways are being designed for increased safety. Still, forces are at work on older bodies that put aging drivers - and those around them - at risk.