Mitigating Storefront Crashes Involving Older Drivers
A Podcast From the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Show
Today’s Guest: Robert Reiter, co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council
The Storefront Safety Council was launched in 2011 to reduce the number of vehicle-into-building crashes. These mostly preventable accidents are injuring and killing Americans where they work, play, shop, and eat.
The Storefront Safety Council is comprised of professional volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who are passionate about ending vehicle-into-building crashes. Founding members include experts in perimeter security, parking, personal injury law, risk management, architecture and related professions and industries.
Listen in to the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Show as Matt Gurwell speaks with Robert Reiter, founder of the Storefront Safety Council, about how and why older drivers sometimes confuse the brake and gas pedals and end up running into storefronts, and how these types of crashes can be avoided.
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Show Notes for “The Storefront Safety Council” Episode:
01:55 Just what is the Storefront Safety Council?
03:15 When and why was the Storefront Safety Council created?
05:30 Statistics on strorefront crashes
08:10 A noticed increase amongst younger drivers and storefront crashes
08:24 Distracted driving and storefront crashes
09:10 Older drivers and storefront crashes
09:44 Older drivers and pedal misapplication
11:50 Updating parking lot designs and safeties
15:12 Pedestrian safety in parking lots
16:32 Parking lots are very dangerous places for everyone
17:41 Keeping Us Safe’s “Self-Assessment Program” for older drivers
20:25 We all age differently
21:25 Self-driving cars and parking lot safety
23:55 Building codes as a tool to reduce storefront crashes
24:45 Blogpost: “Airbags and Older Driver Safety”
25:12 Blogpost: “Preventing Parking Lot Tragedies Involving Older Drivers”
Visit the Storefront Safety Council website at www.storefrontsafety.org
Matt Gurwell is the developer of the nationally-recognized “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program. He currently lectures throughout the United States on topics related to the aging process and its adverse affects on driving skills. As developer of this life-saving program, Matt’s mission is to provide strategies and guidance to seniors that will help them to continue driving safely until the decision is made to retire from their driving career. The “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program also provides an excellent array of services and resources for both families and professionals as they deal with this very sensitive issue. Matt retired from a very distinguished and successful 24-year career as an Assistant District Commander with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. After leaving the Patrol, Matt has participated in a tremendous amount of work in the area of older driver research, best practices, current vehicle safety technologies, and adaptive equipment. Matt's creative, innovative and common sense approach, combined with his uncanny ability to bring calm and resolve to stressful situations without ever jeopardizing the dignity of others, has contributed greatly to the success of the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program. When asked what the ultimate motivation was for starting the program, Matt explains: "There was never one particular event. It was the result of 20-plus years of holding dying people in my arms at terrible car accidents, and delivering dozens and dozens of death notifications to families. I would much rather work with families to bring a peaceful resolve to this sensitive and uncomfortable issue now, rather than have them deal with it when a State Trooper is knocking on their front door". Matt serves as Senior Care Authority’s Program Director for the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program. Senior Care Authority (https://www.seniorcareauthority.com) is now the nation’s exclusive provider of the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program.