Cars Most Common Mode of Transportation for Elderly: Report

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Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government report showed Tuesday that cars are the most common mode of transportation for the elderly, with 56.6 pct of people aged 60 or over polled for the report saying that they drive themselves.

Of the 1,058 people who cited cars driven by themselves as a means of transportation, 67.4 pct said they drive almost every day, with the proportion topping 50 pct even among those aged 80 or over, according to the 2019 white paper on aging society, which was adopted at a cabinet meeting on the day.

People who drive on a daily basis accounted for 50.0 pct of elderly drivers in major cities and for 75.5 pct of those in towns and villages, suggesting that cars are a vital mode of transportation for elderly people in rural communities.

The survey showed that 40.4 pct of the elderly drivers plan to stop driving after reaching a certain age, and 39.8 pct said they will do so if they start to see impediments to driving, such as declining eyesight, while 11.5 pct said they plan to continue driving regardless of their age or physical impediments.

In the multiple-response survey, walking was the second most common means of moving, cited by 56.4 pct of respondents, and bicycles were a distant third, picked by 22.4 pct, according to the report.

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