Senior Drivers


Helping senior drivers to stay safe and on the road longer   PhysOrg - July 5, 2010
A tool developed by researchers at The University of Western Ontario is designed to help seniors make better choices in automobiles and safety features, and perhaps allow them to drive safer and longer.




How Old Is Too Old Behind The Wheel? AP - July 17, 2003

How many stories about seniors causing major accidents have you heard?

In every age group we find bad drivers, from wild teenagers, substance abusers, to those with emotional problems, such as rage disorder who should not be on the road. I also have experienced bad driving with foreigners and certain ethnic groups as well.

In the days I used to visit family in Florida, seniors often stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, or signaled for a left turn and then moved right, etc. causing great damage to people and things. This happens all the time - errors in judgement. I have long took the view that people over a certain age, with limited vision and co-ordination, should not be allowed to drive. I stand firmly that after a certain age people should take a visual and road test every year, showing medical records that might indicate senility, Alzheimers, etc. I know it would be a blow to the ego if they were found unqualified to drive anymore. But this would result in safer driving measures.

In April 2003, I watched an 85 year old man drive his car into the side of someone's house, near my daughter's home in NJ. He was lucky there no one got injured or killed when he lost control of his vehicle hitting the gas medal instead of the brake.

Driving is part of the human experience for most people in western civilizations. Know your limitations or you will become a liability.





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