Research shows that crash rates start to increase for drivers at age 70 and older. But age alone won’t make you an unsafe driver; as the country song says, it ain’t the years, it’s the miles. One person may be able to drive safely into their 80s, while another will need to stop in their 60s. Medical conditions, side effects from medications, cognitive changes, vision and hearing issues—there are many factors to consider when assessing your driving skills. And they’re different for everyone.
Still, there are some common issues affecting older drivers that you should watch for, for your own safety and the safety of others. Learn more about changes that come with age that could affect your driving abilities.