Elderly Drivers

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2. There has been talk about banning elderly driving off the road in recent years. Some people suggest that the elderly should reapply for driving licenses. Elderly driver usually have loss of hearing, diminished vision, and slower reaction time. Elderly driver should reapply for driver’s license once they grow old because accidents and fatalities could be reduced by two folds. Since many of the accidents come from elderly drivers, fewer accidents would likely happen at all.

There are certain issues that can impair ability to drive, which could be vision impairments, hearing impairments, cognitive impairments, as well as physical. All four of those factors could impact driving. Many of the traffic accidents that occur today come from elderly drivers. In a simulated test conducted by a university, the older drivers most likely caused accidents more than their younger counterparts. This explains why we should start getting older drivers to retake the driving test.

Elderly drivers usually feel old and experience lethargy at the wheel. Almost thirty-six percent of accidents are caused by elder drivers today. Elder drivers are also more likely to sleep on the wheel when they drive for more than three or more hours. In countries or states where retesting driving laws are mandatory, there were fewer accidents and few fatalities.

The solution to prevent fewer fatalities is to have elderly drivers retake a driving test every year and if the person passes, he would get his license. Already some countries have implemented laws like these. In these countries, the fatality rate has decreased. If the United States implements these laws we would be seeing fewer accidents occurring and less lives lost.

In conclusion, elderly drivers should have to retake their driving test again as they get older. As old age appears a person could experience diminished hearing, sight, etc. Older people are the cause of many accidents and deaths each year. If we implement laws that...
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