Signs that an elderly driver can no longer drive
Many elderly drivers enjoy driving because they feel as if they are still independent. However, the risk of being in a car accident as you get older is much higher than that of a younger person. According to research studies, 500 elderly Americans are injured every day in crashes. Families should keep an eye on their elderly loved ones, not only because your loved one should be safe and avoid injuring themselves while on the road, but also to keep other drivers safe and not risk hurting someone else.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), 240,000 individuals were killed in car accidents caused by people who were 65 and older. If you notice the following signs, it may be time to have a conversation with your loved one about their ability to continue to drive safely.
- Drifting to other lanes
- Making sudden lane changes
- Braking or stopping abruptly without cause
- Accelerating suddenly without reason
- Driving slower than the posted speed limit
- Backing up after missing an exit or turn
- Difficulty seeing pedestrians, objects and other vehicles
Unfortunately, there is no cutoff age as to when a person can stop driving. However, if you see these warning signs, you can report the person to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).