Michigan’s oldest drivers much less likely to crash than teen drivers

Michigan’s aging population means a growing number of senior citizens behind the wheel: Since 2010, the number of licensed drivers age 65 and older has grown by 24 percent.

But for all the legitimate concerns about older drivers, a look at Michigan accident statistics show senior citizens are less likely than younger drivers to be involved in a crash.

In 2017, about 75 of every 1,000 licensed drivers of any age were involved in a traffic accident, according to Michigan State Police statistics. For drivers under 20, that rose to about 125 per 1,000 drivers. For those age 25 to 64, it was 69 per 1,000 drivers.