What are signs that seniors should stop driving?
You have been driving since you were old enough to see over the steering wheel, but now your kids want you to hand over your keys. They might be upset because you had an accident or two, or worried about that time you got lost. If you are like the other 33 million licensed drivers over the age of 65, you want to keep driving as long as possible – you have places to go and things to do. So, how do you know when it is time to stop driving? Here are a few signs:
Most people think of teenagers when they think of dangerous driving habits, but seniors sometimes cut corners behind the wheel. An older person might skip the seat belt, for example, or drive more slowly than conditions warrant.
Certain risk factors increase the odds for having an auto accident while you grow older. These risk factors do not prevent you from driving, but you should consider your risk factors when deciding if it is time to turn in the keys. These five risk factors include:
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