Many people have the misconception that people should have their driver’s license taken away after a certain age. Get behind an elderly person who can barely see over the steering wheel driving 10 mph under the speed limit and you get frustrated. It’s easy to form an opinion that “old people can’t drive,” but it’s not necessarily the truth.
Studies have shown that seniors are typically safer drivers. They are more likely to buckle their seat belts, and they are less likely to drink and drive. That said, age-related issues can make it dangerous for seniors to drive. While not all seniors should have their driver’s license taken away, some definitely should — but it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with their driving habits as much as their medical conditions and limitations.
Here are key facts and statistics that are affecting senior drivers today:
Again, not all seniors are unsafe drivers. There are signs that will tell family members when they should be concerned. While many people can drive safely well into their senior years, some experience issues that should alert loved ones that it may be time to give up driving.
Talking to a senior family member about the possibility of giving up their driver’s license can be difficult. If you feel as though you need to speak with a family member about this subject, here are a few tips:
No matter when you choose to have the conversation with your senior loved one, it should be done in a way that is helpful and not hurtful. Be prepared to offer solutions. One of the reasons seniors hesitate to give up their driver’s license is because it means giving up a bit of their independence.
Before you speak to your loved one, find out if there are local buses and what their routes are. Speak to other family members and find out which days and times they can provide transportation. Find out how much a taxi or Uber ride will cost. When you present your loved one with solutions, they may surprise you and agree to drive less or stop completely.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in West Palm Beach or the surrounding area, reach out to our experienced team of car accident attorneys. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal rights under state law. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and more.