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That, is an important question!

The truth is, aging and it’s impact on our healt become obvious at various ages and that depends on  very many factors. In other words, it’s hard to predict exactly when someone’s driving will become less safe – age alone is not enough.

Revealing symptoms

But here are tell-tale signs. Here are some of them, according to the CAA:

  • Be involved in two or more accidents or “close-calls” within a period of two years. Depth perception and reaction time are altered by aging. That includes rear-enders, fender-benders, and side collisions while turning.
  • Having trouble using pedals (brakes and accelerator), or using the various levers (wipers, gear changes, flashers).
  • Neglecting traffic signals, be it because you are distracted or you have trouble seeing them or isolating them when there are lots happening visually
  • Do you tend to zigzag or wander in other lanes, not signal your intentions when changing lanes or neglect (or forget) to check your blind spots?
  • Do you notice that other drivers honk at you or pass you even when traffic is slow?
  • Do you easily get lost even in places that should be familiar to you, or do you sometimes forget where you were headed?

A short and simple test

If you’ve observed one or two of those symptoms lately, the CAA suggests you should have your skills assessed in-depth. See your doctor and discuss how you could correct the situation, and try to determine how you need to adjust your driving habits to remain a safe driver as long as possible. Actually the CAA has a free downloadable test called Simple Driving Assessment that you can use. It’s a quick 15-questiontest to help you decide whether it’s important that you start adapting your driving to aging.

What now?

If you realize your driving is indeed affected by aging, there are many things you can do:

  • Have your glasses and/or hearing aids adjusted and do see your doctor for a medical assessment
  • Change your lifestyle to remain or get back into shape
  • Discuss this with your family and people close to you, and do obtain an evaluation and help
  • As with regards to driving, maybe you should consider taking our specialized course designed especially to help you learn new driving strategies that are aimed at ajusting to and compensating for the effects of aging.