Old People Driving Draft Essay

785 WordsSep 21, 20114 Pages
Throughout the United States of America there is an abundance of issues in regard to civilians causing problems on the roads, which we drive on every day. Issues such as driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, reckless driving and lack of attention paid while driving are the first problems that would come to ones mind when thinking about the dangers that we can all potentially face on the road. But an issue that I would like to address that a lot of people do not consider a hazard on the road is elderly civilians behind the wheel on the same roads as us. This is a problem that has not been so much sporadic, but rather quite frequent and this is something that cannot be put on a pedestal any longer. It is time for our elders…show more content…
The AARP, the largest association of older Americans, opposes the idea of license restrictions and the testing of elderly drivers, due to the belief that these procedures are transpiring because of age discrimination. What’s more dangerous, drivers under twenty or drivers over seventy? While older drivers have decades of experience, the statistics on these two groups will probably surprise you. It says on Smartmotorist.com that older drivers are more likely than younger ones to be involved in multi-vehicle crashes, particularly at intersections. So if you feel bad for older people that have to re-take their license, think again. It could be you who gets in a fender bender with your eighty year old neighbor. While it’s true that elderly people have a lot more experience than the younger drivers on the road today, they also have a lot more health issues that could cause an accident. With age comes diminishing eye sight, hearing, and especially reflexive response. I agree with the laws today that state people over a certain age are required to re-take the drivers license test. I’ve had many experiences riding in the car with elderly people that make me stick to what I believe today. Just a few examples for you. . . My friend’s grandma was taking me to the airport and on the way over there she ran through a red light. Scary thing is, she hadn’t even realized she had run it. I was too scared to even say
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