There are several age-related changes that can affect driving ability such as:
- Declining vision and flexibility.
- Increasing trouble with glare.
- Slowing reaction time.
- Greater confusion in complex driving situations.
Always try to keep a safety cushion between your car and others. Since reaction time is slower for older drivers, this space allows the driver needed time to make a decision.
It is important for family, friends, and the motor vehicle offices to assist an older driver in making decisions regarding the person’s ability to drive.
Many older drivers benefit from a driver refresher course to help in reducing the chance of driving problems that can occur with age. You may also want to take a self-test available through the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety to see if your skills are in need of a “tune up.”