Wednesday, August 21, 2019

August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this holiday to raise awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life. The best way to express your love is by driving safely. After all, if we drive like Maw Maw’s watching, accident rates would plummet.

Did you know kids are twice as safe when their grandparents are behind the wheel? According to a study by Dr. Fred Henretig, emergency medicine attending physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, youngsters aboard make grandparents aware of potential dangers and therefore more cautious. Dr. Henretig and his colleagues took into account the smaller proportion of crashes among grandparents, but even after adjusting for that and other factors like drivers’ gender, drivers’ seatbelt use, children’s use of seat restraints, whether children sat in the front or back seat, and the vehicle type, the lower injury rate among grandparents remained statistically significant.

So, whether it is for National Senior Citizens Day or every day, honor Maw Maw by driving safely.