THE ISSUE: Older drivers are going to become a growing issue as baby boomers age.


 WHAT WE THINK: Elderly drivers probably need more precautions as well, as the baby boomers age. 



 

 

 

THE ISSUE: Older drivers are going to become a growing issue as baby boomers age.

 WHAT WE THINK: Elderly drivers probably need more precautions as well, as the baby boomers age. 

  It should not come as a shock to anyone that the United States population is aging quickly.

One-fifth of the population will be over age 65 by 2030, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

With that increase in age come concerns over who should, and should not, be driving. 

Leading authorities on the topic seem to agree that there is not a specific age when a resident should give up his license.

But there are ideas of who may need to cool their wheels, depending on response time, muscle weakness, eyesight, medication or medical problems and more. 

Sometimes older drivers need not give up their license completely, they only should drive in daylight, avoid driving in bigger cities or traffic and more.

AARP also offers the Driving Safety program to assist older drivers as they age. 

The problem is, giving up a driver’s license means a loss of freedom, and few people want to be reliant upon others to get around. 

They also may not have someone willing to help them with their errands.

The question remains: What if a person should not be driving, but he or she has a valid driver’s license?

Experts suggest children assist their parents in assessing if they should drive. 

If they cannot come to the same conclusion, they may need to stage an intervention with the parent, contact the local driver’s facility for assistance or ask their doctor for help.

In Illinois, drivers 75 or older must take the driving test when they renew. From ages 81-86, a driver must renew every two years and ages 87 and up must renew each year.

While these measures help in allowing the elderly who can safely drive to keep their licenses, any number of issues can arise in one to two years of an elderly person’s life.

This issue is more than just younger people taking away an older person’s wheels.

The NHTSA projects that crash-related fatalities will increase 155 percent in the years to come.

Elderly drivers probably need more precautions as well, as the baby boomers age. 

No one wants grandpa or grandma to become a statistic.