• Alejandro Bono Posted: 6/24/2010 1:48am PDT

    Sorry, but I still think there should be a max age for driving, same as there a minimum age.

  • R2Dad Posted: 6/23/2010 9:59am PDT

    In related new, older drivers are actually ....wait....still old. Seriously, old folks hit stuff all the time, I just don't think they report it if it's not another vehicle/pedestrian. My mother continually tells me those dents on her car are the result of wayward trees--that sort of thing. The worst: parking lots. Question: if an old deaf blind person is backing up and his/her car stops backing up, is it because 1) they've hit another car behind them, 2) their foot is on the brake, 3) their transmission is in neutral, or 4) what was the question? The answer: 5) all of the above. Since old people don't see well, turn their heads to look around when backing up, don't know how to use their mirrors well anymore, and can't hear the crunch anyway, the parking lot is a dangerous place for them to discover they have no information about anything behind the b pillar. Note to self: never get old(er). Additional note to self: avoid parking lots when I get old(er)--I might hit me.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 6/23/2010 7:17am PDT

    I am 80 y/o and was a high performance driver. I know my rwaction times slowed at age 55. Cataracts begin at 70. OK, #6 think about clogging the DMV if every older person had to retake a driving test. Vision and hearing, yes. #7 You are WRONG! Driving 50 in a 70mph stream makes you a moving chicane, causing cars approaching from behind to need to swerve into another lane to get around you. I began as an auto safety engineer in 1965. I know that.

  • Fizz Posted: 6/23/2010 5:03am PDT

    I have been an avid reader of TheCarConnection.com for many years. Around five years ago you published a great article about the signs that older drivers may need to consider giving up driving. A piece of the article I recall was the question,"Do cars seem to be coming out of nowhere?" I posed this question to my dad who ultimately turned over the keys-thankfully. Do you have an archive of old articles and could you publish it again?

  • Eric Berlin Posted: 6/23/2010 12:53am PDT

    I remember hearing years ago that older drivers have worse reaction time than kids, but make up for it in experience (and patience I suppose), so makes sense

  • granny Posted: 6/22/2010 10:34pm PDT

    Just wait until I show my grandson this one. He is always making fun of me for going 30mph in a 50, and I insist its safer. Guess I am right!

  • Edward Posted: 6/22/2010 10:01pm PDT

    It's nice to hear that they're getting safer, but I'd still likely to see a vision test and driving test with every renewal for the elderly. Why do some states not have this?

  • Nixon Posted: 6/22/2010 5:46pm PDT

    My great uncle had his car taken away from him 3 years ago, he was 96 so now he drives around a tricycle, god bless!!

  • kasey keller Posted: 6/22/2010 5:08pm PDT

    are there less older drivers out there which reduces the number of reported accidents? surprised that there is no mentioned of women.

  • fb_100001137592380 avatar Yo Posted: 6/22/2010 5:03pm PDT

    Isn't it just that baby boomers are starting to show up in statistics now (2010-1940 = 70 years old)? I wonder if that says something about the education or skills of baby boomers vs the previous generation...

  • AutoEnthusiast Posted: 6/22/2010 4:56pm PDT

    I was not sure if the "rate" was based on the absolute number of accidents or the number of accidents as a function of the number of drivers. One thought is if the latter, if the ranks of "older" drivers is swelling the chances the rate may drop a bit is likely (more and more folks just turning 70/71/72/etc) means the cohort got a little younger. BTW, when I start using terms like "cohort", it's time to call in some help! Regardless, interesting stuff.