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Can elderly drivers be more dangerous?

Improvements and innovations in healthcare and treatment mean people live longer than in the past. While this is true, as a person ages, they may experience age-related issues, which could impact their ability to drive safely.

While a person’s age does not mean they should not drive, it is important to consider when an elderly individual may no longer be safe to do so. After all, as someone ages, some of their senses and abilities will deteriorate – this is expected and normal. Outlined below are a few factors to keep in mind.

Eyesight problems

As a person ages, their eyesight will likely deteriorate. This often starts as early as age 50 and can continue into their 60s and 70s. Being able to see properly is essential to driving safely. This is why it is required that drivers pass a test before obtaining their license. While glasses may help, they are only effective to a certain extent.

Cognitive issues

You have likely seen someone in your family lose some of their cognitive abilities as they age. For example, when they were younger, they ran a business, but now they need help to carry out simple tasks. With this type of issue, it is clear it would be dangerous for them to drive since their ability to make prompt and correct decisions is inhibited.

Reduced muscular control

If an elderly person cannot press the brake or move a steering wheel like they used to, they may not be able to operate a vehicle safely. Weaker muscles can greatly impact someone’s ability to continue driving.

Car accidents among older drivers

Unfortunately, if an older driver continues to operate a vehicle, they may cause an accident and injure others. If you find yourself in this situation, you have legal rights and may be able to recover compensation.