PPA 419 – Aging Services Administration. Lecture 10 – Aging and Transportation. Introduction. The prevailing view in our society is that a license to drive represents the freedom to come and go as we please.
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Problem: The decline in the safety of motor vehicle operation with increasing age is not uniform.
Many older drivers show no decline in skills, some show catastrophic decline, most fall somewhere in between.
Many older drivers are aware of their declining skills and voluntarily limit their driving, by limiting frequency, night-time driving, driving during heavy traffic, or driving complicated or dangerous routes.
Others refuse to acknowledge their decline in skills.