Giving up the independence associated with being behind the driver's seat can be difficult. The bottom line is that normal aging can interfere with a driver's ability to react quickly and think clearly.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that the elderly are more likely than other drivers to receive traffic citations for failing to yield, turning improperly and running stop signs or lights than other age groups. Fatal crash rates rise sharply after a driver has reached age 70.
The helpguide.org offers the following tips for senior drivers:
* Keep healthy: Drivers must be in good health. Get a vision test yearly and if hearing aids are prescribed, wear them while driving. If medications are taken, watch for side effects that could impair good driving, like drowsiness or dizziness.
* Keep it clean: Keep the windshield, mirrors and headlights clean and turn the brightness up on the instrument panel on your dashboard.