Should old people over the age of 65 be allowed to drive?Created by:
Only recently that an accident involving an old man who was driving his car, in between a lorry at his front and another car at his rear. It was a red light, and all of them were stationary when he suddenly pressed on his accelerator hitting the lorry in front of him with passengers. While reversing, he accelerated while on reverse and hitting the car at his rear and going again forward hitting the lorry the second time. Once he finally found the breaks, he got out of the car and tried blaming the rear driver. It was tragic but hilarious.
Statistics show that older drivers are over-represented in fatal accidents. Due to their physical frailty they are more likely to be injured in an accident and more likely to die of that injury. When frailty is accounted for and older drivers are compared to younger persons driving the same amount the over-representation disappears. According to the Insurance companies, a senior citizen is more likely than a younger driver to be at fault in an accident in which they are involved. The most common violations include failure to obey traffic signals, unsafe turns and passing, and failure to yield the right of way.
Family members of an elderly person, such as one’s children, are faced with the responsibility of trying to get them to give up driving. This can be challenging because few senior citizens are voluntarily willing to give up their own car keys. Getting old doesn’t mean driving deteriorates, but it changes. It should be monitored.
Also at issue is determining exactly what age is considered too old to drive. As the process of aging varies from one person to the next, the age at which an elderly person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle declines varies between persons.
What do you think?