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Spotting Problems at the Wheel

Here are some signs that an older person may be having problems driving

  • drifting out of lane

  • getting lost in familiar places

  • having trouble moving the foot between the gas and the brake pedals, or confusing the two.

  • not merging or changing lanes safely

  • new dents or dings in the car

  • observations by neighbors or friends about unsafe driving

  • two or more traffic tickets, warnings, collisions or “near misses” within the last two years

  • vehicle crashes

  • increases in car insurance premiums because of collisions

  • poor vision, or degeneration of current vision

  • anxiety about driving at night

  • complaints about the speed of other drivers, or the sudden lane changes or actions or other drivers

  • hindered abilities, such as loss of control, delayed reactions, or poor reflexes.

Source NIHSeniorHealth

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