Watching your parents age is tough. Those people who loomed larger than life, who seemed to be able to solve all of life’s problems, are no longer what they once were. There is neither bad nor good to this: it’s just life. Aging sucks.
But what about your elder parents and driving?
I don’t think any of our four parents should be driving as they once did.
There. I said it.
I don’t think any of the parents should be on highways or driving at night.
I’m guessing this would be an unpopular opinion for anyone who might be older than me, but really
- slower reflexes
- eyesight not quite as good
- thinking they can make turns and merge the same way they were once able
I’m not being mean, or petty, I’m just stating the facts. I’ve been in cars with them. I will no longer get in a car with any of them driving. Period.
So this leads me to my next point:
I understand that it is not feasible to have people over a certain age take driving tests. Plus, I get the whole age discrimination thing…
Should people over the age of 75 be required to have some sort of dashboard monitor or app to monitor their driving?
While I get that accidents happen to everyone of every age, and that those between the ages of 16 and 20 are most likely to get into accidents, there is a case to be made that older drivers do get involved in more accidents than those who are younger (meaning 50s and 60s)
I’m aware that you can anonymously send a complaint to DMV stating that someone should not be driving, and that DMV will ask for a retest, but is that the best way to handle the issue?
What do you think about people over 75 driving? Do you think there should be retests after a certain time? Do you think drivers over 75 should be required to have a driving monitor?