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Too Old to Drive?

By on March 6, 2011

Sixty-five year olds are typically stepping into retirement, opting for social security and now potentially may be retaking their road test. A whopping two thirds of Americans surveyed say drivers should retake the road test at age 65, according to a Marist poll. 

And almost half of people aged above 60 also think it is a good idea, according to the poll.

Older drivers raise concern because some physical, mental and visual abilities may decline as people age and many older drivers may also be taking medications that can impair driving, experts say. Driving today has many, many distractions that older drivers must also navigate. Although illegal in many jurisdictions there are lots of people on the road who text and drive, talk on the phone and drive, and even groom themselves by driving.

Two states, Illinois and New Hampshire, require older drivers to retake their road test, but only when they reach the age of 75, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. No word if drivers there experience fewer accidents.

Using data reported to the Federal Highway Administration, the institute said that there were about 21.6 million licensed drivers aged over 70 in 2008, accounting for around 10 percent of all U.S. drivers.

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