A year ago, 94 year old Ernest Hunter knew it was time to retire from the road.
“I felt like I was not quite as alert as I’d like to be as I got older,” said Hunter.
He opted not to renew his license when it came time with the support of his wife and family.
Hunter admitted, “I figured it was a good time to give it up.”
According to Triple A, seniors outlive their ability to drive safely by seven to ten years. Due to their fragility, they’re at greater risk of serious injury of death if they’re involved in an accident.
But more than 80 percent of older drivers say they’re not talking about their driving with their families and doctors.
Tamara Johnson of Triple A says, “Families should actually start planning right around the time they start making plans for other life changes. So, you know, retiring from work, making a change into a a different house or even going into an assisted living facility.”
Triple A suggests families start the often-difficult discussion before any red flags occur, have one person speak with the driver so they don’t feel attacked and avoid generalizations about senior drivers.
Johnson cautions, “The time to give up the keys is different for every driver, and it’s not necessarily the age as it is the conditions and circumstances.”
Today, Hunter has adjusted to life as a passenger.
“No regrets,” says Hunter. “It was the right decision.”
Safer and still getting around.