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Elderly Drivers Fail a Test (New York Times, 5/27/11)

In her article, Paula Span discusses research in Australia that found driving errors to be commonplace among adults aged 70 to 88 (without dementia or impaired vision) and to increase in frequency with age. Most commonly, drivers did not check the car’s blind spots but also had problems maintaining lane position and failed to use directional signals. The researcher indicates that age alone does not distinguish poor drivers, and she proposes restrictions based on functional capacity, not age. She also suggested driver retraining and adjustments such as extra blind-spot mirrors to improve the older driver’s performance.



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