The Elderly and Driving


My aunt was 102 years of age and she was allowed to drive and she had accidents! It’s scary to think that despite slower reactions etc that such a person could be allowed to drive. Imagine her on a motorway! Some people I know are driving at 90 and they can’t remember where their meetings are (when they have an appointment) so it’s worrying that they’re on the road when they lose their memory. Will they know what the road signs mean?!

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5 responses to “The Elderly and Driving

  1. westfieldwanderer

    Mmm. As one entitled to hold a bus pass I’m not sure what to make of this. Ageist? Maybe. An accurate assessment of older drivers? Perhaps.
    Which is more at risk of being a killer, one wonders – a 90 year old or a 17 year old? Driving is a dangerous occupation. I’m told by a friend in the insurance business that deep pit coal mining is regarded as less risky than motorway driving.

    Perhaps we should all stop driving and leave the job to trained and regulated professionals.

    That should get the petrol-junkies see red :-).

  2. Further to an article recently: –

    “A judge has called for checks on elderly drivers after an infirm 86-year-old man ploughed into three pedestrians, maiming one and contributing to the death of another. Allan Skoyles was registered deaf, had undergone eight heart operations and had suffered a stroke which left him barely mobile, but was still allowed to drive. ”

    I would suggest better checks really. Everyone is different but things do start ‘falling apart’ more as you get older! I am a woman, I should now! I’ve even got some grey hair.

    He was pulling up in his Ford Focus outside a church in Gorleston, Norfolk, when he accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. The car mounted the pavement and hit an elderly couple, Joyce and Arthur Willett, and Emma Woolnough, 24. Miss Woolnough had a leg amputated, while Mr Willett, 78, died three months later.

  3. The only reason why my aunt didn’t kill anyone was because she doesn’t live near a motorway and she lives in the countryside, that has more deer than people. She was more in danger of killing herself with all the trees nearby. My mother is a pensioner just got her first speeding fine at 60.

  4. Luckily I’ve tried to encourage her to use her free bus pass!

  5. Here’s some stuff I found from the Aging Parents Authority:-

    These are 11 problems some elderly people may face:-

    1. Peripheral vision

    2. Distance Judgment

    3. Speed and gap perception

    4. Neck and shoulder stiffness

    5. Slower response times

    6. Individual medical problems

    7. Cars with complicated gadgetry

    8. Weather conditions

    9. Adapting to glare from oncoming traffic

    10. Too many distractions such as signs and billboards

    11. Not being able to hear sirens and horns

    Ok, what’s your opinion on these things peeps?

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