Is it safe for senior citizens to be driving?

United States
January 18, 2007 8:43pm CST
The question remains, is it safe for senior citizens to be driving? I don't think they should be. Over 70% of seniors can't see very well and that makes them a hazard on our roads. Even the ones that can see have a slower reaction time than the average driver. This is a problem and not many people really care about it. When a senior citizen run a pedestrian over, they don't get to serve the full sentence, where is the justice in that? How fair is that? What does that say to our youths? That a person can take a life and pretty much get away with it. This is an important issue that more people need to address and do something about as concerned drivers and pedestrians.
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@misskatonic (3727)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I think it really depends on the senior. Some of them are capable of driving and do have normal reaction times, but the number is small. I think that there should be more stringent testing for seniors and better public transport for those who can't drive.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
I agree...but I don't think this should just be restricted to seniors. Raaction times can be affected and be degraded by a number of things, however, at least in my state, we don't retest to make sure drivers are still capable of being on the road. Eyesight, in my opinion is another story, because that can often be fixed with corrective lenses.
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@peterw24 (318)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
Senior Citizens, at a certain age, should be made to do a license test to see whether they are still fit to drive on public roads. I'm sure there would be quite a few who wouldn't pass, and it should make for safer roads in the future.
• United States
19 Jan 07
I think that test should include a longer than normal road test. Let a trooper sit in the car with them for 20 or 30 minutes, going through traffic to see if they can really handle the "real world" situations. Anyone can pass the written test, it's the driving part that tells the tale.
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• India
19 Jan 07
Yes, but if the health permits
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I think it depends more on the individual than the age. I have seen so many elderly people who were still very good drivers. Then there are the others that I bear with, because I realize that someday I'll be old and will still want to be mobile to take care of my own needs, too. My mother is 77 and still drives all over by herself with no problem. She does a lot of volunteer work which she couldn't do without her car.
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@abhax123 (1697)
• India
19 Jan 07
To tell you the truth, They should not be banned from driving just coz they can see or slow reaction time. There are millions of reasons that they are driving...But proper care should be taken care that they dun end up in an accident...
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@Moodyelf6 (129)
19 Jan 07
i agree that there is a need for people over a certain age to be re-tested to verify their abilities. there are still plenty of O.A.P's out there who are fine to be behind the wheel, and revoking someone's licence automatically at a certain age would just be ageist lol my nanna is in her 80s and is always bombing around town in her little Golf (she's had it about 20 years!) I think the freedom it gives her keeps her feeling more youthful!!
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• Canada
19 Jan 07
Some seniors are definitely not safe behind the wheel. I firmly agree with the mandatory testing and eye exams after a certain age (I can't remember exactly what it is where I live.... ugh). I have nothing against a senior with all their faculties continuing to drive but some, bless their hearts, just don't seem to realize their limitations (or, of course, there are those who just don't WANT to realize them or they fear losing their freedom and independence entirely). There are some really kick-a** senior citizens these days ... many of them, I'm sure, are in better shape than I am LOL So, as long as drivers are tested by their abilities and not discredited solely for the age on their driver's license, then I think that is fair.
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• India
19 Jan 07
the senior citizens should be made to take a driving test after every two to four years to test whethrt they can really drive well on the roads. this is ensure whether they can drive as good as before, this is for their own safety as well as for others...
• United States
19 Jan 07
Its not that they have a problem driving its their eye sight.
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
i think those senior citizen who can drive must have a companion always on driving so they can stay awake while driving. or have a drier instead.
• Australia
20 Jan 07
personally i dont think it good idea for senior citizen to drive. sometime they not really concerntrate when they drive and it can very hard for the other driver to drive. especially in peak time and most of the time i can saw is they drive too slow without concern any other drivers. i also think it better for senior people not to drive and catch public transport.
• United States
20 Jan 07
I think if a senior citizen is in good health and capable of operating a vehicle then there is no reason they shouldnt be able to do so. There are younger peolpe who arent good drivers so it can go many different ways.
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
Here in the Philippines, considered senior citizens start at the age of 60. Some 60 years old people are still strong and healthy and can still do what are normally done by younger people. It should depend on the capability of individual senior citizen. Those who issue driver's license should check very well before issuing the driver's license if the person supposed to drive is still capable of driving safely in the highways as it is really very dangerous.
@soadnot (1606)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
reminds me of that southpark episode
@emarie (5454)
• United States
20 Jan 07
i think some senior citizens shouldn't be behind a wheel. i think they should have driving tests done every year once they hit a certian age or something similar to it. just so they can prove they they're compitant to drive. we have all seen what some drivers can do, they more mistake the petals for each other and then don't have the same reaction time as some younger drivers have. its sad. we want to take care of our elders, but we also need to take care of all the other drivers.
@katty0004 (387)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I think it depends on the senior citizen I think they can drive better then some of younger people , I ve notice now that people don't use there turn signal and its always a teenager or younger person driving have they done away with turn signals there still on our cars so I guess they are there for a reason . I think most of them know when it time to quit driving ,I know my grandmother still drives herself to chruch but we take her to get her groc ,but that her right if thats what she wants to do
@ram13288 (388)
• United States
19 Jan 07
i also dont think seniors should be driving because i was watching the most outragous videos show or something like that when they showed an old lady driving driving to the pharmacy or the hospital i forget which one and all of a sudden she starts to swerve and ends up on the side walk where there was a utility truck with a guy getting something from the back of the truck and she crashed into the truck pinning him between her car and the truck and he eventually ended up dying. things like that should not be allowed to happen and that is why old people shouldnt drive.
@nrmrreddi (356)
• Germany
19 Jan 07
ya, this is unfair on them but the fact is that its very dangerous for them to drive the same as in earlier days. The sight and reaction time as you said really comes into fact. Accident is just caused in time of seconds and this is not properly handlesat such age.Its really safe for thema andd also others.
@Alexc123 (126)
19 Jan 07
i think that when you reach a certain age you should have to retake your driving test to check that you can still follow the rules of the road. you have to remember some people passed their tests 50 years ago and times have changed drastically scince then. older people tend to drive very slowly and cause arguements because other people try to overtake them etc.
@jolanda33 (720)
• Netherlands
19 Jan 07
hi, i think you're right, but i think there are a few seniors drive even better then junior drivers! doing a test, and i mean also eyes, hearing and drivingtest would be a good idea! here in holland we already have that! last week a man hit a car in our street, this man drove away, but we found him! he wasn't alowed to drive anymore because of his eyes! his wife was very angry, and now he can not drive anymore( it was illegal to drive anyway)she gave the owner of the damaged car some extra money(it was her first car, and owned it for just 10 minutes)this was a happy end, but what if he hits a person instead of a car?
19 Jan 07
I think it is not safe for senior citizens to drive. The coordination of eyes, hands and car depends on age. The nerves become weaker when we grow older so as our mental stability. Sudden horn or sudden surprise while driving can lead that man to cardiac arrest.