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Should there be an upper age limit on driving?

Health improvements mean people are living longer than ever before. Despite the advances in medicine, some health issues as a person ages may affect their ability to drive. Of course, that does not mean that a person’s age necessarily means they should not drive. Yet people’s ability to drive will deteriorate in later life, as does their ability to do many things. Here are some of the things to consider in making making the decision as to whether and when to stop driving:

Eyesight issues

Your vision will not be the same when you are in your 50s as it was when you are in your 20s. By the time you are in your 60s and 70s, it will have deteriorated even further.

Seeing well is crucial to driving a car safely. That is why many states require drivers to take an eye test before they can receive or renew their drivers’ licenses. Glasses can help, but only to a certain extent.

Cognitive issues

You have probably witnessed a family member or friend lose their cognitive abilities as they grew older. Maybe they once ran a successful business, and now they struggle to work out what day it is. Clearly, they would be at risk if they continue to drive, as the ability to make quick and correct decisions is crucial.

Fading muscular control

Many people lose the ability to press hard on the pedal or yank a steering wheel fully to one side. Diseases that weaken the muscles or affect the joints can mean they lack the ability to act fast enough in an emergency.

Poor reactions times

This is partly due to a slower brain and partly due to a slower body. Reacting quickly can mean the difference between a collision and a near miss.

Remember that just because an older driver is injured in a collision with someone younger, it does not necessarily mean the older driver caused it. There is a good chance they were driving with more caution than the other party due to knowing their limits. Getting help to investigate can help the non-responsible party claim the compensation they need and deserve.