The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated in 2013 that there were approximately 23.6 million drivers age 70 and above in the United States. With age comes health complications, such as dementia, loss of vision, loss of hearing, and longer response time. These declines in health can create a dangerous situation for the older driver, as well as all other drivers on the road.
The question of whether to an aging loved one or family member with a serious medical condition is still able to drive safely can be a gnawing one. Even here in the Northeast, driving is indispensible in most people’s daily lives, and it often represents a sense of self-sufficiency that’s hard to give up. Yet it’s rarely obvious that someone’s driving ability has deteriorated to a dangerous degree, and it’s awkward even to discuss the subject.