The rules for obtaining one’s driver’s license are clearly defined in
You reach a certain age, pass a test or two, and you’re now licensed to
drive a 4,000-pound machine down a highway toward a destination in
hopes of not hitting anything on your way.
That may sound simple — but there’s no such regulation or test about
when it’s time to stop driving.
More than 5,700 seniors were killed, and more than 236,000 were treated
in emergency departments after a crash in 2014,
according to the latest annual statistics from the Centers for
That’s an average of 16 seniors killed and 648 injured each day.
Common signs of aging may affect your loved one’s ability to drive,
including diminishing eyesight, increase in confusion and slowing of
That can make it difficult to safely navigate the roads, manage
intersections or avoid hazards.
Below are 20 things to look for in elder drivers that might be a
warning that it is time to consider hanging up the keys:
Decrease in confidence while driving
Difficulty turning to see when backing up
Easily distracted while driving
Other drivers often honk horns
Scrapes or dents on the car, mailbox or garage
Increased agitation or irritation when driving
Failure to notice traffic signs or important activity on the
side of the road
Trouble navigating turns
Driving at inappropriate speeds
Uses a “copilot”
Bad judgment making turns
Delayed response to unexpected situations
Moving into wrong lane or difficulty maintaining lane position
Confusion at exits
Ticketed moving violations or warnings
Getting lost in familiar places
Failure to stop at stop sign or red light
Stopping in traffic for no apparent reason
Knowing when to hang up the keys is a tough decision and often one
that requires the help of a loved one.
For more help on having that difficult conversation,
for information on how to talk to your loved one about giving up the