Signs that driving skills are declining
Normal aging does affect driving, but there isn’t a set age when a person is no longer safe behind the wheel. In fact, most people can safely drive well into their retirement years. Here are some things to look for that may be clues that driving habits need to change.
If you or your loved one exhibits one or more of these warning signs, consider taking a comprehensive driving evaluation and be sure to talk to a doctor, to help identify and address any weaknesses. These warnings don’t necessarily mean that it’s necessary to stop driving, but it is likely important to at least adjust driving habits. Know your limits – and drive within them.
Does the driver weave between or straddle lanes?
Signalling incorrectly or not at all when changing lanes can be particularly dangerous, especially if the driver fails to check mirrors or blind spots.
Do other drivers honk or pass frequently, even when the traffic stream is moving relatively slowly?
This may indicate difficulty keeping pace with fast-changing conditions.
Does the driver get lost or disoriented easily, even in familiar places?
This could indicate problems with working memory or early cognitive decline.