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Old April 1st, 2018, 02:21 PM   #1
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Should Seniors Drive and Be Required to Take Driving Tests?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age, and today there is an almost 50% increase of licensed older drivers on the road than there was in 1999. The reason for this is two-fold:

People are living longer.

There is an exponentially large aging population.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also reports that older drivers are more likely to die in intersection accidents and that the task of making a left turn becomes more challenging with age.

But the time to take away the keys is different for everyone. Some 60-year-olds suffer from cognitive decline or poor vision and some 90-year-olds are fine on the road. The only way to determine whether someone is fit to drive is to test them and their driving ability.

Should Seniors Drive and Be Required to Take Driving Tests?


Should seniors drive? Most certainly if they donít pose a risk on the road. However, many think there should be more tests to determine whether they are fit.

State driving laws vary. Some require an annual eye exam and driving tests, and others require only an eye exam every five years. Many require people to renew in person starting at age 65, rather than online, which allows licensing officials to look for signs of health conditions that could affect driving ability; but itís argued there are flaws with this process as things can be missed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does a good job outlining the license renewal procedures for senior drivers.



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Good idea.
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A question that could become obsolete soon with the advent of autonomous vehicles.
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A question that could become obsolete soon with the advent of autonomous vehicles.
Soon? Doubtful.
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I have a CDL....So I have to take one periodically... So the rest of the senile old goats at 70 should too...
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Old April 1st, 2018, 05:10 PM   #6
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I just heard a story of a lady here who spent some time in hospital. She was out for a few months and her DL was up for renewal. She is in her late 80s or early 90s. All she had to do is pass an eye test. Well, her family could not figure out why she was still so unresponsive so they brought her back into doctor. She has a rare condition commonly referred to as a "walking coma". So this person is basically sleepwalking all of the time. Granted her family takes care of her and they removed her access to a car the state was ready to just plop her behind the wheel and let her at it....
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I just heard a story of a lady here who spent some time in hospital. She was out for a few months and her DL was up for renewal. She is in her late 80s or early 90s. All she had to do is pass an eye test. Well, her family could not figure out why she was still so unresponsive so they brought her back into doctor. She has a rare condition commonly referred to as a "walking coma". So this person is basically sleepwalking all of the time. Granted her family takes care of her and they removed her access to a car the state was ready to just plop her behind the wheel and let her at it....
The docs missed this?
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The docs missed this?
I guess. It was 3rd party information. I was playing 500 w/ some Srs and they were talking about it.
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there is a man in his 90s that drives to the coffee shop where i work. we are always scared when he pulls in the parking lot. he will sometimes try to open his door and get out when his car is still in drive

we actually thought he died, because we havent seen him in a while, but another old guy told us he was out of state visiting family. i hope his relatives flew him out of state so they can get rid of his car.
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