As a person grows older, they often reach a point where it is no longer safe for them to get behind the wheel of a car. While there is no designated age when this occurs, there are some signs and symptoms that indicate when it might be time for a senior citizen to stop driving. If they wind up lost in areas that were previously familiar, or if their car gradually begins to sport more scratches and dents, then it might be time to consider alternatives. Other warning signals include frequent citations from or stops by police officers; medical conditions that can lead to weakened driving ability; reluctance to get behind the wheel; impaired vision or reflexes; noticeable changes in driving habits; and, finally, concern from those who are close to them.
- If a senior citizen winds up lost in an area that was previously familiar, it is a warning sign that driving may no longer be a safe practice for them
- Be on the lookout for impaired vision or reflexes, both of which are common aging side effects that make driving a hazard
- If those close to a senior citizen, or the senior citizen themselves express concern over their driving ability, these concerns should be taken seriously
“Whether it’s a parent, friend, or even yourself, everyone wants to continue driving as long as they can do so safely.”