There are no set and fast rules when deciding to stop driving and from my personal experience, it depends on the individual’s circumstances. I have undertaken some research into this matter, which is covered below;
SIGNS WHEN TO CONSIDER STOPPING DRIVING
- You often have close calls with other drivers.
- You have trouble moving your foot between the petrol and brake pedals, or you get confused between the two.
- Loved ones are worried about your driving.
- Delayed response to unexpected situations
- Becoming easily distracted while driving.
- Decrease in confidence while driving
- Having difficulty moving into or maintaining the correct lane of traffic
- Hitting curbs when making right turns or backing up
- Getting scrapes or dents on car, garage, or mailbox
- Having frequent close calls
- Driving too fast or too slow for road conditions
- You get lost, even on roads you know
Key points to remember
- As you get older, your vision, reflexes, and hearing change. These changes can 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 age 25 and younger.
- Talk with your doctor about health problems that could get in the way of driving safely. For example, do you have stiffness or joint pain that makes it hard to turn your head or the steering wheel? Do you have problems seeing or hearing clearly?
- To stay safe, avoid driving at night, on the freeway, or in bad weather. Plan to drive on the streets you know. Take roads that let you avoid risky spots such as ramps and left turns.
- Talk with your family and friends about your transportation needs. They may be able to help. Or think about public transit and taxis as a way to get around.
I trust the above information will assist you when you are considering to stop driving.