When people think of the elderly needing a driving assessment, they often think of getting into accidents or becoming lost. It is a sense of independence for many and the thought of losing their right to drive is unimaginable. They do not want to rely on others to take them places, although, in some cases, having a driver is optimal to their safety and others on the road.
Before we discuss the need for a senior driver evaluation, note that being elderlydoes not immediately disqualify you from being a safe driver. The decline of driver safety can affect different people at different stages of their lives. Factors, such as vision, memory, and reaction time may vary and decline with age.
Typically, the elderly are not much different, when it comes to driving, than people twenty years younger. Middle aged people are statistically the safest drivers on the road. They may need to compensate their driving skills or use alternative methods to drive with safety.
If an assessment is still necessary, it is best that the doctor initiates the conversation, explaining that it does not necessarily mean that their driver’s license will be revoked, nor can the doctor legally take away their driving privileges. If the senior still does not wish to take the assessment, self-examination is possible or they can be directed to a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. Check with your state’s laws for more information.
If they decide to take the assessment, they will be evaluated in three areas: Vision, Cognition, and Motor Function. The test can be administered by your doctor and is completely painless. It takes a minimal amount of time to go over the three sections and you will know the results the same day.
If you have any questions about an elderly driver’s assessment, please feel free to contact the Kabb Law firm at 216.991.KABB (5222).