Seniors who drive with pets more prone to accidents

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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367534068&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4041761&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367534068 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — According to a study conducted by UAB and published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, senior drivers who always have a pet in the car have an increased risk of being involved in a vehicle collision.

Researchers say crash rates for drivers 70 years of age or older who always drove with pets were double the amount of those who never drove with a pet.

The research also indicates that seniors distracted while driving had slow cognitive performance and delayed response times compared to younger age groups.

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