Should Greater Restrictions Be Placed on Elderly Drivers?

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Driving is a simple task that many of us do on a daily basis. Most people are safe drivers, while a few are incapable of driving safely. Elderly drivers are one of the few people who are incapable of driving safely. Why is that? Well, it’s because the old people are growing old, which will cause them to have their reflexes react slower and their physical health change. Here, I would like to talk about should greater restrictions be placed on elderly drivers. My point of view? Well, YES! Elderly drivers should have restrictions. If harsher driving restrictions were put on the elderly drivers, it would avoid accidents and injuries or even... death. Based on the fact that elderly drivers are dangerous, research has shown that everyone ages differently and growing old does not mean that a person becomes a safety hazard. It depends on the person’s physical and mental health. Our functions start declining such as visual impairment, cognitive changes, and reduction in strength and flexibility when we start growing old. And, when elderly drivers have a dementia the road would be really risky. Because, dementia is a large group of illnesses that cause a person to have difficulties with a range of functions so when a person has a dementia, they tend to have memory loss – don’t know the way to the shop, forget names and places, find it hard to remember what happened earlier on during the day-, moodiness – become more and more moody as parts of the brains that control emotion become damaged (frightened)-, communicative difficulties – finds it harder to write, read and talk-. They’re ability to carry out everyday task are harder for them, including driving. Elderly drivers are also more likely to have range of physical impairments that reduces their ability to drive. Conditions such as arthritis may affect the driver’s ability to use the brake and the accelerator, which may
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