This article examines the risk posed by older drivers with deteriorating mental and physical skills and discusses legislative attempts to identify impaired older drivers. Adults aged 85 and over have more serious accidents/mile driven than do teenage drivers. Visual and hearing problems, slower motor skills, age-related diseases, and prescription drugs commonly taken by elders can impair their driving skills. Only 3 states (Illinois, Indiana, and New Hampshire) require a road test for older drivers beginning at age 75; only 11 states require doctors to report serious disabilities to the department of motor vehicles. Advocates for the elderly protest that screening only older drivers is age discrimination; many legislators fear reprisals if they support screening laws. In addition to the development of credible age-based screening tests, one solution is to create more senior-friendly transportation alternatives. Sidebars in the article describe the number of older drivers involved in automobile accidents and provide tips on confronting an unsafe older driver.

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    Good Housekeeping

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  • Authors:
    • Blyskal, J
  • Publication Date: 1996-6


  • English

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  • Pagination: 4 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00792533
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 2000 12:00AM