Being older does not necessarily mean a person is a bad driver. Yet the facts remain that aging affects mobility, reflexes, and sometimes, mental capacity, and these are real risk factors. Research supports this and has also shown how eyesight and hearing can deteriorate with age.These facts leave little doubt that senior drivers need to ensure that they monitor their driving competence with honesty, seek advice from doctors and listen to concerns of family and friends, and seriously think about giving up driving. Incidents such as that reported by CBS in February 2007, whenMany would argue that not every elderly person experiences problems, and it is true to say that people age differently. It would seem unfair to apply an upper age limit. The car is a lifeline for many seniors living alone; it may be their only way for shopping and socializing, so preventing them from driving could be seen as denial of liberty. While seniors can take steps to reduce the dangers by having medical checks and, as suggested by the National Institute on Aging, "Take a driver refresher class every few years". (NIA, n.d.), there are still too many risks involved for all concerned. Some insurers may reduce costs if a person passes the class, but even if they do, they still need to recognize "it is time to give up driving." Perhaps legislation should follow the lead of Illinois and New Hampshire, where a test is required for license renewals after the age of 75 years. Elderly drivers really should not
be on the roads, given the evidence on the results of aging and deteriorating capabilities.This need not be the end of freedom, but a step towards self-protection and the safety of others.