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How Old is too Old to Drive?

Published Jan 30th 2007, 9:56pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Driving laws can’t be one-size-fits-all

To drive or not to drive, that is the current question for many of us who are reaching an age and stage when we need to think clearly and deeply into the question while we still can make a good decision.

Writing for The Journal of the American Society on Aging, Sue Sampson and Loren Staplin discuss a number of myths that exist in our collective mind about the performance of older drivers on our roads.

First, many of us think it is imperative to remove older drivers from the roads just because they have attained a certain age. The fact is that although we certainly must do a far better job of finding and removing those drivers with true functional impairments, for their own and others’ safety, most older people are safe and careful drivers.

Auntiepearl My Auntie Pearl was 102 when she passed away recently but she was driving into her late 90s! She was almost 100-years old when she finally gave up driving because it was too difficult for her. Not once did she ever get into an accident in her old age. Talk about great driving record - almost a century old and better records than most 25-year olds!

So how do you feel about age and driving? Does driving maturity come with age or do those skills fly out the window as you become older? Let us know what you think!

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