Age and Safety: Driver Warning Signs
With age, new health complications such as vision and hearing problems can impact driving and increase the risk of an accident.
Watch out for these 10 warning signs when driving, or riding with others. Any of the following warning signs could mean that the driver is no longer fit to drive. They would be putting themselves and others at risk.
Top 10 Driver Warning Signs
These warning signs, from AARP, can help you determine if someone may be unfit to drive safely. These driver warning signs should not be overlooked. If you notice any of these warning signs it may be time to talk to, or seek medical attention for the driver. There may be an underlying medical cause that could be fixed.
- Having frequent close calls
- Finding dents and scrapes on the car, fence, mailbox, garage door, and curb
- Getting lost, even in familiar locations
- Having trouble seeing or following traffic signals, road signs, and pavement markings
- Responding more slowly to unexpected situations, or having trouble moving their foot from the gas to the brake pedal; confusing the gas and brake pedal
- Misjudging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance and exit ramps
- Experiencing road rage or causing other drivers to honk or complain
- Easily becoming distracted or having difficulty concentrating while driving
- Having a hard time turning around to check the rear view while backing up or changing lanes
- Receiving multiple traffic tickets or “warnings” from law enforcement officers
If you have noticed any of these warning signs, you can request that the DMV reexamine this person. For more information, read our blog about license renewals for older drivers.
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AARP. 10 Signs That it’s Time to Limit or Stop Driving. Retrieved January 21, 2015.