Remember being 16 years old, just learning to drive and getting your driver’s license?
The feeling of freedom that came with that little card was immeasurable. But as we enter our golden years, to drive or not to drive, is indeed the question. I’m not certain Shakespeare would have phrased it that way, but when is it time to stop or limit driving time? We all have a responsibility to others and ourselves not to endanger anyone by age-impaired driving and knowing when it’s time to hang up those keys.
Sadly, as we age, our bodies start to betray us. What we could once do with relative ease and confidence slowly starts to fade, most of the time without our knowledge. Several years ago I could see like a hawk and now all of a sudden, I need glasses and didn’t even realize my vision was slipping. The same thing happens to the skills we need that are necessary for responsible, safe driving.
“Check yourself before you wreck yourself.” But how do you check yourself?
Look for signs of worsening driving habits such as driving at inappropriate speeds, either too fast or too slow. Do you misinterpret road signs or traffic signals? Do you get lost repeatedly even in familiar areas? Do you fail to judge distances between vehicles correctly? What about becoming angry or frustrated very easily? If you answered yes to these questions, it may be time at the very least, to limit your driving time.