We have all been behind THAT car. It’s driving at a snail’s pace, bouncing back and forth between the lines on the road. When you pull along to the side of the car to check it out, you see a little old lady with a cotton ball hairdo and Coke-bottle glasses leaned up in the seat, peaking over the steering wheel.
A recent study reported on by News 9-Denver shows that even elderly drivers are in favor of retesting at a certain age due to the hazards elderly drivers can bring to the road. In fact, 71 percent support the idea.
In February, an 89-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on E-470 when she struck another vehicle head-on, killing the other driver. Also, in December of 2010, an elderly woman hit and killed a man in a Lakewood parking lot. A month before that, a senior citizen drove their SUV through the front of a retail pet store.
What are some signs it may be time to take the keys from a loved one?
- Their hearing or sight has significantly deteriorated.
- They show signs of confusion around new places.
- They are unable to get assistance in emergency situations.
- They have become forgetful.