(Closed) Do you think that elderly drivers should be re-tested?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Should elderly drivers be retested? If yes, at what age? Who should pay?
    Yes : (158 votes)
    31 %
    No : (5 votes)
    1 %
    65 : (68 votes)
    13 %
    70 : (73 votes)
    14 %
    75 : (42 votes)
    8 %
    80 : (34 votes)
    7 %
    85 : (19 votes)
    4 %
    90+ : (18 votes)
    4 %
    Tests should be funded by the individual. : (90 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 62
    Member
    9034 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Personally I think everyone should be retested at say 10 yr intervals. The road rules change all the time and most drivers never know when it is actually part of their responsibilities as a driver to keep up to date with the road rules. Drivers also get lazy liek the example @AllShookUp: gave. Drivers get complacent and let things slip which then become a habit and you knwo what I don’t want drivers like that on the road anymore than I want someone whose health has declined due to old age. 

    Post # 63
    Member
    195 posts
    Blushing bee

    I despise elderly drivers.   People harp on teenagers but I think elderly people are way way worse.  In the past 5 years 3 toddlers have been run over and killed my elderly people in my area.  Other people get in accidents avoiding elderly peoples stupidity and lack of reflexes.  An elderly family friend of my families CANNOT WALK yet still drives.  It disgusts me people allow him behind a wheel when he cant even walk himself. 

    At 70 testing should be mandatory every 2 years and at 80 every year. Bodies and minds at that age deteriorate quickly.

    Post # 64
    Member
    412 posts
    Helper bee

    Full retesting is a costly process. If the two major factors in dangerous elderly driving are deteriorating vision and reflexes, it would be better to just do a vision test (like you do when you go for your learner’s), and then maybe a reflex/sensory-response test of some kind. Assuming vision tests are standard, implementing them for seniors won’t cost anything and they only take about 2 minutes to do, and a similar in-house reflex test shouldn’t be too costly to implement (think a computer test where you click stuff on cue or in sequence or something.. maybe with a touch screen). 

    To those suggesting to retest everybody, I don’t think it’s a value-add given the associated cost, but maybe retest people who live in big cities and haven’t insured cars over the duration of their license. Nothing’s scarier than getting behind the wheel with someone who “hasn’t driven in three years bc my bf always drives or i take transit”.

    Post # 65
    Member
    1812 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    100% YES. At 65.  Actually I think that everybody should have to be re-tested every 10-15 years, because we all get in to some pretty bad habits.  My father and his brother reported my grandfather for dangerous driving because he refused to believe that he’d become a danger, and we have threatened DH’s grandfather with the same to get him to stop driving (he knocked over a sheep – which he “didn’t see” in broad daylight).

    Post # 66
    Member
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Absolutely

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