Driving ability of the elderly population is a sensitive subject. On the one hand, many elderly drivers are healthy, alert and drive more safely than most teenagers. On the other hand, some elderly drivers endanger the lives of those around them every time they sit down behind the wheel.
In an effort to reduce the number of car accidents involving elderly drivers which occur each year, many states are enacting tougher driver screenings and re-registration requirements for older drivers. These measures may be frustrating for competent and healthy elderly drivers, but they are critical to keeping unsafe elderly drivers off the road.
In too many cases, state laws do not go far enough in attempting to gauge the visual, auditory and cognitive health of elderly motorists. Pennsylvania is arguably one of those states, given how few screenings and renewal restrictions it employs for older drivers.
But whatever the laws in a given state dictate, elderly motorists should remain responsible when it comes to their decision to drive or not. Failure to take age or illness-related limitations into consideration during this process can lead to horrific and even fatal accidents.
If an elderly motorist finds that his or her eyesight or hearing is worsening, it is important to be screened. In addition, if a driver feels that fellow drivers are simply moving too fast to be properly processed mentally or the world in general seems far too fast when viewed from behind the wheel, it may be time to speak to a physician about whether continuing to drive is a safe decision.
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