Elderly Driving Tests Essay

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I believe that people over the age of 75 should not be allowed to drive without taking an agility test. Those who do not pass this test have their driver’s license taken away from them. Initially all beginning drivers are required to take an agility test along with an eye exam before we are issued a driver’s license. As we age our vision and agility skills may diminish. Therefore all elderly drivers should be have to take an agility test in order to keep this license.
In most cases old age is a time of “review, retirement, and adjustment to new social roles involving decreasing strength and health (Berk, L. (2007) PAGE??.” However in some rare cases elderly people are still in great condition. In a situation such as this, I believe it
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Although elderly drivers may not be involved in risky behaviors such as speeding or drinking, they are more likely to be caught accidentally running a red light or turning on to oncoming traffic. (today CITE THIS)
Drunk driving has been dealt with why not elderly driving. A lot of people will attest that driving drunk and driving while elderly are two totally different situations. But in all reality they are both life threatening situations. The only difference is one is legal and the other is not. Drinking impairs ones thinking, judgment, and perception. For these reasons drinking is considered dangerous when it is combined with driving. Because of the high numbers of injuries and deaths that are associated with drunk driving, the consequences of drinking and driving can be very harsh. Because of its harmful effect states have been cracking down on drunk drivers. I believe the same should be done with the elderly drivers who no longer meet the driving requirements. If their health is to the point where their thinking, judgment, and/or perception are impaired, they should no longer be allowed to maintain a driver’s license.
Almost everyone would agree that older people have more experience. Some might even argue that because of their life long experiences they would be better drivers than those that are younger than them. Yes people of old

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