As part of its ongoing effort to make vehicles as safe as possible, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reportedly looking into creating a new crash-test rating system for cars which includes introducing a "Silver" rating to indicate added safety for senior drivers. Automotive News reports that NHTSA Administrator David Strickland says the agency is trying to find a way to make cars safer for senior citizens and it's also seeking a way to incorporate crash-prevention technology into its coveted five-star safety rating.

To protect senior drivers, NHTSA's Silver rating may focus on cars that offer inflatable seat belts or even introduce new technologies that help prevent unintended acceleration as a result of the driver accidently hitting the wrong pedal. Strickland also says existing crash-prevention technologies (such as forward collision warning and lane departure prevention) could work their way into the rating system for new vehicles. This all comes just days after another NHTSA-related report where the agency is apparently trying to come up with ways to fast-track "noncontroversial" rules and regulations.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      "introduce new technologies that help prevent unintended acceleration as a result of the driver accidently hitting the wrong pedal." Why are they encouraging those who cannot drive to continue to drive? I have no simple answer to the growing problem of senior drivers except maybe mandatory driver testing, perhaps set at biennial or quadrennial intervals. But making it seem like it's acceptable to lose some of your ability to properly operate a vehicle is most certainly not the way to go.
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about turn signals that shut off automatically after being on for 15 minutes? And exterior air bags to protect those dangerous people walking on sidewalks.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      if driver=='senior citizen' then brakeAssist='ON'
      navin.katta
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... Are we going to have ratings for children, teen drivers and everyone in the middle too?
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on now, this is equally bad as changing cars to be safer for obese drivers
      BobKustofawitshz
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about focusing on the driver, not the car? Mandatory re-testing every few years after age 70. Fail the test, lose your license. No need to penalize the old folks who are good drivers. Regardless of age, you either have the necessary skills, or you don't.
      Lab Ninja
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do they test running over a curb into a store front, by pressing the "I swear it was the brake" pedal?
      GTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOOOOOOOL Had to read that twice. First I thought they said they were going to use seniors for crash testing LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering a vast portion of them shouldn't be on the roads in the first damn place, let's address that, instead of making car makers to bend even more to further far-fetched regulations.
      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seniors and certain ethnic groups that will go unmentioned make driving for the rest of us hell. Stricter driving tests would fix it
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        I'm just going to pretend you mean 'Europhiles' and you're not trying to openly disclose your secret racism.
          Taint
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I'm about keeping it real, not rainbows, unicorns and butterflies. Deal with it.
          Camaroman101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          its funny cause its true, otherwise it wouldn't be parodied so much on tv
          ICantDrive88
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Even if he meant Europhiles he is still technically is racist. So it's ok to be derogatory towards European looking Americans but not ok for anyone else? That's racism there!
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          @ICantDrive88 'Europhile' doesn't mean someone of European decent -- it refers to fanbois who go nuts for anything European, even when it's not better than competing products from other markets.
        Stamina
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        How is he racist for speaking the truth and calling out Asian drivers when its well known that a lot of them cannot properly drive. You guys kill me. If you want to know what racism is, go to a KKK meeting.
          Taint
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stamina
          No one said there aren't skilled Asian Drivers. But if you are an Asian driver in America, you are more likely to be a bad driver as politically incorrect as that sounds. Women have higher chances of getting breast cancer than men but that doesn't mean all women have breast cancer. I witness too many asians not driving properly on a regular basis to not call them out and If it hurts your feelings, grow a pair.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stamina
          Pat yourself on the back for not being as racist as KKK members. I'm sure there are plenty of skilled Asian drivers who would take offense to being judged unfairly.
      JohnM
      • 1 Year Ago
      File for social security, give up your license. Boom, two govt problems solved.
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      The best way to make seniors (and the rest of us) safer is to take away their license at 75.
        Danrar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Hard cutoff isn't good. But significantly more frequent testing should be required.
        Beardinals
        • 1 Year Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        We say that until we're 75 and still have all our marbles and demand to be able to drive.
          Camaroman101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Beardinals
          we think we'll have our marbles, but they'll be long gone
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        agreed, i see way too many elderly "unintended acceleration" cases crashing into houses, buildings, farmers markets, etc.
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