Concerned About Driving Safety?
Changes in health may affect driving skills over time. If you have concerns about a family member or friend, learn how to help them stay safe behind the wheel.
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There are more than 41 million licensed drivers age 65 and older on the roads, up from 26 million 20 years ago. As a person ages, changes in health - including problems with vision, hearing, and reflexes - may affect driving skills. The risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash also increases.
If you are worried about a family member or friend putting themselves or others at risk on the road, take these steps:
- Observe the person's driving skills.
- Look for signs the person may need to stop driving, such as accidents, traffic tickets, complaints, or anxiety about driving at night.
- Talk with him or her about driving. Be positive and supportive. Avoid confrontation. Focus on:
- Safety. Discuss the driver's skills, not his or her age.
- Maintaining independence. Find out about local services to help someone who can no longer drive.
Learn more about safe driving and older adults.