In 2009, 33 million licensed drivers were over the age of 65. By the year 2030, that number is expected to increase to 70 million.
You mom or dad may complain about the road, how everyone seems to be in a hurry. And studies show that younger drivers are more aggressive. But aging impacts driving in different ways.
Arthritis can make the impact of turning the wheel, or turning your head to look over your shoulder, a difficult thing to do.
Medications can impact judgment.
Limited mobility might cause a foot to slip from the accelerator to the brake, with slower reaction times to correct the situation.
But then, you might know all of this. You might be witnessing it with your mom or dad. Maybe you’ve seen dents and scratches on their car. Maybe you’ve followed them, wincing a time or two as you watch them head into a busy intersection. Maybe they’ve said things that have made you cringe.
Should you take away the keys? That’s not as easy as it seems. They may fight you. And they may win. What should you do? [Read more…]