Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to hand over your car keys. But it is important to evaluate how you drive.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designated December 6 through 10 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to remind aging drivers and their loved ones to consider how aging can affect driving. In 2019, 20 percent of all traffic fatalities were people ages 65 and older.
Sometimes small changes, like a pedal extender, can make it easier to drive. But medical conditions, such as memory or vision loss and medications can impair your ability to drive and should be evaluated when deciding whether it’s time to stop driving. Click here to visit’s NHTSA’s educational resource on older drivers. NHTSA offers additional information on driving with certain medical conditions:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Macular Degeneration
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sleep Apnea
- A Stroke
AAA and AARP offer a CarFit program to help older drivers ensure their vehicle is the right fit for them. This can include checking seat and mirror positions, and having discussions about driver safety and mobility.