THE EDITOR: A 70-year-old woman crashed her car into an ATM recently. Is this drive-through banking? Is driving at this age safe?
I know it is impolite to ask a woman’s age but in this case it is imperative. Sparrow said age is just a number but does he drive?
As you get older, your vision, reflexes and hearing change. These changes make it harder for you to drive safely.
People age 70 and older are more likely to crash than any other age group besides drivers under 25. That is why permits should be issued at 21 years.
Older drivers are more fragile and are more likely to get hurt or die in car crashes. As you age your vision gets weaker, your reflexes get slower. You may not be able to brake or turn the wheel quickly if you need to. Weak muscles and stiff joints can make it hard to look behind when you reverse.
Let the cut-off age be 65, medically approved. You do not need to be driving in your winter years. There must be someone you can trust.
Alert today, alive tomorrow. Better late than never. Accidents do not happen, they are caused.
AV RAMPERSAD, Princes Town