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May 2, 2022

Healthy Aging: Is It Time to Stop Driving?

You may want to have a say in this decision, or you may simply want to follow your doctor’s recommendation. Either way, this information will help you understand what your choices are so that you can talk to your doctor about them.

Your options

  • Stop driving.
  • Keep driving, but watch for warning signs that driving is no longer safe.

This decision aid helps you decide if you are still able to drive safely. You may also find it helpful if you are worried about the safety of an older adult driver.

Key points to remember

  • As you get older, your vision, reflexes, and hearing change. These changes can make it harder for you to drive safely.
  • People age 70 and older are more likely to crash than any other age group besides drivers age 25 and younger. And because older drivers are more fragile, they are more likely to get hurt or die from these crashes.footnote1
  • There’s no set age when everyone should stop driving. Each person is different. But keep in mind that most people drive 7 to 10 years longer than they should.footnote2┬áHere are some warning signs to watch for:
    • Other drivers often honk at you.
    • You are having accidents, even if they are only fender benders.
    • You have trouble staying in your lane.
    • You get lost, even on roads you know.
  • Read more: https://paleymd.com/patient-education/healthwise/?DOCHWID=zx3961&fbclid=IwAR0t20pVeg-pHO1nXtd_JcZCr_pMSISePSozP_o6DZy6perudCjE16403eo

Source: Paley MD

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