By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
We’ve all heard the stories: An elderly woman hits the accelerator instead of the brakes and crashes into a building. A 90-year-old man backs his Cadillac onto a sidewalk and hits 10 people.
Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent, but the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as people age. Statistics show that older drivers are more likely than younger ones to be involved in crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact an average of 500 older adults is injured every day in crashes.
Here are some warning signs that indicate a senior might not be safe to drive, according to the NHTSA:
- Drifts into other lanes
- Straddles lanes
- Makes sudden lane changes
- Ignores or misses stop signs and traffic signals
- Gets easily confused in traffic
- Brakes or stops abruptly without cause
- Accelerates suddenly without reason
- Coasts to a near stop in the midst of moving traffic
- Presses simultaneously on the brake and accelerator while driving
- Has difficulty seeing pedestrians, objects and other vehicles
See the next page for 10 more warning signs…
20 Warning Signs That an Elder is an Unsafe Driver originally appeared on AgingCare.com.