12/11/2013 10:35 am ET

How Exercise Can Help Older Drivers

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Most people don't associate exercise and fitness with driving their cars. But a study from the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, part of Hartford Financial Services Group, indicates that certain workouts can help individuals age 50-plus drive longer and safer.

Researchers found that older drivers have greater difficulties than younger adults with several physical aspects of driving, including turning their head and body to look to the rear when backing up; getting in and out of their cars; and turning their head to check blind spots when changing lanes.

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