Checking on older people driving, should it be a must?

United States
January 7, 2012 11:43pm CST
A elderly who is also my co - worker, I understood when you get older, you lost your sharp judgment visually. You might not think fast like younger people, or make the right move to avoid accident happen. This co - worker of mine is over the retirement age, and he was involved in 3 accidents on 2011 already. The very last one was when he back up his car in a parking lot, he bump into a truck, which constitute his fault. His insurance might already goes up. I think when it comes to driving with elderly, the insurance will most likely going up, and their chance to involve accident rate will also be higher too.
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12 responses
@himzey (1321)
• India
8 Jan 12
Well though there are risks with elderly people driving but thats not the case always. I've read it somewhere that a study revealed elderly people are more concentrated while driving. I know this can't be applied to all of them, some do have problems and are prone to accidents. I think when it comes to driving, it should be made sure that they do not suffer from any sort of incapability which hinder their driving skills.
@himzey (1321)
• India
8 Jan 12
Ofcourse I wont ever let my grandma ride my bike.. no matter how much she tries to convince me....
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
11 Jan 12
Some elders really should not be allowed behind the wheel of a car. Granted, I say some, but rather not all. The fact is that they might not be able to remember things short term or their judgment might be slightly impaired. Or their reflexes are going to be rather off to say the least. There are going to be time where some elders can still drive to an age. Still there are times where sometimes, elders need to be kept out from behind the wheel of the car for their own safety. And indeed by extension the safety it others. Then again, there are young people who should not be behind the wheel either, but that is really beside the point. Their ability should be monitored carefully and if they get in an accident, perhaps they should severely rethink this driving thing.
@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
10 Jan 12
Well, what I believe is that they should have to redo a written driving test as well as an actually driving test when they reach a certain age. And then again when they get older. That way they can weed out any potential people that can no longer drive.
@lifes97 (885)
• United Arab Emirates
9 Jan 12
i thinkg old people drive better they have experience tyoung people dont have , so who said that old peopel should check if thy drive good or no, what the idea from this, younger dont have experience and driving wants people with expeience more then new
• Belgium
8 Jan 12
I'm just saying please don't let people that over 70+ are drive... On 24 Novembre i went to school with my bike when i got hit in the back wheel by a car it was an old man around the 70.. and he didn't stop he just drove away...
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
8 Jan 12
it is definitely a must have in terms of driving. Deterioration in body functions especially the senses. driving needs coordination of the eyes, hands, feet, and most especially judgment in assessing the flow of traffic or travel, thus safety to self and others would be a primary concern.
@Leocen (178)
• China
8 Jan 12
yeah,your co-worker should pay more attention to his driving~ but,some drivers in my country,about sixty,are more experienced, they can be less involved in accidents,,,some young man who has got a license less than a year has caused more accidents(just like my brother~)...
8 Jan 12
I do agree that older drivers should have their proficiency checked at regular intervals. There is no doubt that your observation skills, reaction times and general alertness diminish over time and it is important to ensure that everyone driving is still safe to do so.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
8 Jan 12
I think they may have a higher insurance premium also as they grow older. I bet most of them are if they have accidents too though.
8 Jan 12
Truth be told shouldn't we all have to take a driving test from time to time. So what, you take some classes when you are 15, drive around with your parents and take a 10 minute road test and you are licensed to drive forever. I feel like people who have too many accidents or tickets should have to re-earn their license. I know that's the case for some people who's license get's suspended but I wonder if our roads are a safer place if more people are held accountable?
• United States
8 Jan 12
I think that after the a person reaches a certain age that they should be checked to see if they are fit to drive. I'm not trying to be mean or even discriminate against elderly people, but the truth is that a lot of times the Elderly refuse to admit that they no longer have the ability to drive. If tested & they pass then I have no problem with them being on the road, but if not then it's better that are no longer allowed behind the wheel of a car.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
8 Jan 12
I hear this statement a lot, but I look at the statistics and yes the elderly may have a few scrapes and things but it seems to me it is the young ones that get involved in serious accidents where people get killed so its an all over thing its not very often the elderly are picked up for speeding the young own that one and speed kills.