Facts About Seniors Driving

There are 7,000-10,000 individuals who turn 65 every day. By 2030, every 1 in 5 drivers will be a senior citizen. Richard Kohr, with the DMV, explains how deteriorating vision makes older drivers vulnerable to serious, even life-threatening accidents. He points out the warning signs indicating a senior can no longer drive safely. Mr. Kohr suggests alternatives to taking the keys away. The DMV offers seniors restricted licenses that allow the senior to continue driving but with limitations, for instance, no freeway driving. Mr. Kohr also comments on refresher courses designed for seniors to help them with safety practices offered by the AARP and other organizations. These are remedies to insure seniors are not a danger to themselves and others when they get behind the wheel.

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A very useful entry in the debate/scenario surrounding the rapid increase in the size of the elderly population. Mobility is a key factor for many seniors and loosing access to their car can be a serious blow, not just in practical terms but also emotionally. It is important to remember that 'there IS life before death' ;-) and that it should be appreciated and enjoyed for as long as possible. The idea of 'restricted licences' is a great one and deserves to be considered further. Come to think of it, it might not be such a bad idea to consider a similar approach at the other end of the scale, i.e. for the youngsters!

- John

Senior Care Advisor in Norwich

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