my loved one continue to drive?
everyone is different and ages differently, there is
no one answer to this question. Studies show that older
drivers are safer drivers than those age 16 - 19. After
a driver reaches 75 years of age, their crash rate per
mile driven and fatality rate increases.
number of drivers 70 years of age and older involved
in fatal crashes rose 27% between 1991 and 2001 compared
with an overall rate of less than 1% during the same
Carolina reviews driver's licenses every 5 years. Every
applicant must pass vision and road sign tests. Examiners
are trained to notice persons who seem confused or unsteady
and can administer driving exams on the spot or refer
the individual to Medical Review program of Department
of Motor Vehicles.
family physician, family member, police officer, or
other concerned party may also refer an individual to
the medical review program to see if restrictions should
be made. This should be done in writing and mailed to:
NC Department of Motor Vehicles, Attn: Medical Review,
3112 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699; telephone
drivers begin imposing restrictions on themselves to
begin with. It is not uncommon for people to stop driving
after dark, to avoid busy interstates, to travel only
in familiar routes, etc.
recommendations if you are unsure or live at a distance
visiting, have your loved one drive to the grocery
store, doctor's appointment and ride with them
the booklet "Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully."
It was published in 2000 by the USAA Educational
Foundation, AARP, and the National Highway Transportation
American Medical Association has released new
guidelines to help doctors assess who should
no longer be driving.
has a self assessment tool "Creating Mobility
Choices" and can be ordered from them by calling