Do you think when you get to certain age you should retest for driving?

United States
February 3, 2012 3:50pm CST
I think they should have a law, when you get a certain age you should get retested. It's beginning to get worst on the roads with some drivers. It doesn't matter if its dark or day outside, if its snowing, raining, or nice out. Some drivers out here cant drive. I'm sorry but the elders should get retested because when they get to a certain age their eyes are not the same, such as not being able to see at night time. Especially now that they making these new vehicles with bright lights. If I get to that age I wouldn't mind because if I realize I am unable to drive I'm staying off the roads. I'm not trying to get into an accident and poss. kill or injure somebody.
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9 responses
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
4 Feb 12
I think you are right....the reaction time slows so much they can't slow down. When I feel like my time to stop driving comes I'll take advantage of public transportation or whatever....I don't want to end up killing someone either!
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• United States
3 Feb 12
I really do think at times they should be taking away some peoples licenses. I think after the age of 70 they should start testing eye sight and hearing and things like that as well becasue everyone knows those things do start to go bad after a certain age as well. I know it might be a little early but i know that my grandfather just passed away not even a month ago and he was olny 76 and i dpont know how he still had his drivers license at all. Just things in life should be done so others are safe as well.
• United States
4 Feb 12
I think everyone should be retested every time their license expires. I see way too many people who probably shouldn't have passed in the first place. I think that a lot of people get lazy after they get their license or have had it for a while. A good friend of mine was a great driver, but as time went on she payed less and less attention and now I refuse to get into a vehicle if she is driving. Maybe if they thought that they would have to pass the test all over again in a few years they would be a little more focused on what they are doing.
@GemmaR (8526)
4 Feb 12
I think that people should have to go through tests every few years at their Doctor's (with smaller time scales in between the tests as we get older) which would measure things such as sight, hearing, and reaction times. It is all of these that are needed on the road, and I don't think that there would be any need for another driving test as long as these things were still intact. There is not enough time for driving tests to be retaken at an older age, as it would double the waiting times for tests which would only add stress to the young people who are desperate to get onto the roads.
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
4 Feb 12
Many car accidents occured because of carelessness of a driver not because of age. Most drivers are young and careless. you are right about drivers having to be retested before applying for a new license.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
4 Feb 12
I think that eventually everyone should atleast have to retake driver's education This because theres new rules of the road created since people started driving. For example...the cell phone and driving laws in effect now didnt exist even 5 years ago. As people have health problems..vision etc...it might be needed to be retested but thatshould be based off the health status...and if theres been accidents caused by health or mental state.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
3 Feb 12
Most places you have to renew your license every four years and this includes an eye test which seems to me would address your main issue. If you look at the statistics, it is younger people in their teens and twenties who cause more accidents than older people. These younger people have less experience and are more likely to be distracted by texting, talking on the phone, listening to overly loud music, talking with others in the car, etc.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
3 Feb 12
I hear this a lot but I honestly do not see that many older people seem to get in the headlines as much as the young ones as far as car accidents are concerned, all I see is young people speeding and middle aged people who have had too much to drink, people do say older people are too slow but maybe that is the problem of the people with a lack of patience...
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
3 Feb 12
I think that they should retest every five years, and sooner if ordered by a doctor to do so. If an eye doctor sees that their eyes are getting worse he should tell them to go down and get retested for the roads. It seems though, that NC is making it where drivers don't have to test as often. I've heard it's like 8 years for some before they have to test again.