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Is it Time to Give Up Driving?

Most people resist giving up driving because they want to remain independent. Per mile traveled, fatal care crashes increase noticeably starting at ages 70-74 and are highest among drivers age 85 and older.

Almost everyone reaches an age when they become an unsafe driver. For some people with specific medical conditions (such as a seizure disorder or a heart arrhythmia) it can happen at a young age.

As people move into their sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties, more people are unable to negotiate the critical skills required to drive such as good peripheral vision, good reflexes, depth perception and hearing. In fact, per mile traveled, fatal care crashes increase noticeably starting at ages 70-74 and are highest among drivers age 85 and older. (CDC Older Drivers) Most people resist giving up driving because they want to remain independent. Luckily, there are more and more resources for senior transportation, including on-demand services such as Uber and Lyft. If seniors wish to continue to drive, there are some steps they can take to increase the safety of their driving. These include:

Always wearing seat belts, driving during the daytime Always wearing corrective lenses as required and planning your route before you drive

We’ve developed a short quiz to help you decide about your driving. You don’t have to tell anyone the results, but we suggest carefully considering the recommendations at the end of the quiz.

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