Today, about 34 million drivers are 65 years old or older. By 2030, the federal government projects, 57 million drivers will reach this standard retirement age. That’s about one-fourth of all drivers.
The concerns of this aging driving public are wide-ranging, not the least of which is the safety of all motorists. So, earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated some solutions. Among them would be requiring that each state have a program to improve older driver safety, protecting doctors from lawsuits if they report medical conditions that prohibit a senior citizen from driving and the requirement that driver’s licenses be renewed in person.
While some states are more lax than others, Iowa does require drivers 70 and older to renew their licenses every two years, instead of the standard five years. And license issuers are always on the lookout for potential problems.
The result, she says, is that the IDOT does its best to accommodate older drivers, even sending testers for on-site road tests in small towns where they live if they’re not used to driving in a city such as Cedar Rapids. The IDOT also can implement restrictions, such as limiting a driver to certain hours of the day or specific neighborhoods.
Read the story linked above for more details. Do you think Iowa’s rules on older drivers are appropriate? Should they be even more restrictive, for the safety of all motorists?