I never read articles like this but I think of my grandpa. When he was 79, he entered his garage by the side door, got into his car, and backed out without first making sure the garage door was open. He also seemed to have trouble distinguishing the street from the sidewalk because he sometimes got his car on the sidewalk instead of on the street. His children recognized the danger he had become and took the car keys away for him - for good. For Aging Drivers, the Signs Sometimes Say 'Stop' By Jane E. Brody, The New York Times December 6, 2005 Self-awareness is the key to driving safely in your later years. Note whether you feel overwhelmed by having to pay attention to signs, signals, road markings, pedestrians and other vehicles at intersections, or by having to drive at high speeds or in heavy traffic. Are you slow to notice cars coming out of driveways or side streets or when the vehicle in front of you slows down or stops suddenly? Avoid distractions while driving, like eating, talking on the phone, listening to recorded books, engaging in emotionally draining discussions and disciplining children or pets. Stop in a safe place to take care of disturbances in your vehicle. Adjust your driving by taking familiar routes, avoiding rush hours and night driving, keeping a safe distance (one car length for every 10 miles of speed) between you and the vehicle ahead, having a passenger serve as a second pair of eyes, making left turns where there are green-arrow signals (or making three right turns to go left) and looking as far down the road as possible to anticipate problems. When driving in unfamiliar territory, use a map to plan your route in advance and write out the itinerary. Don't try to read a map while driving; pull off the road to refresh your memory or make route changes. Make adjustments, too, in your vehicle. If you have physical limitations, choose a car with automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. You may also benefit from a back or seat cushion or changes to the pedals. Your line of vision should be three or more inches above the steering wheel and you should not have to use your toes to operate the pedals. Reduce or eliminate the driver's blind spot by adjusting your outside mirrors: Lean your head against the driver's side window and adjust the left mirror so that you can barely see the side of your car, then lean toward the middle of the vehicle and adjust the right mirror the same way. Have your vision checked annually, including checks for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Avoid glasses with arms that block peripheral vision, never wear sunglasses in low light, and do not use yellow glare-reducing lenses at night (they act like sunglasses). Always drive with a clean windshield, mirrors and headlights. Do not look at the blinding headlights of approaching vehicles; instead, glance toward the edge of the right side of the road. When driving long distances, take frequent breaks - at least once every 100 miles or every two hours - to stretch, walk around and perhaps have a snack. Avoid driving after a big meal, when you feel sleepy or during hours when you are normally in bed. Though you may deplore cellphone abuse, consider getting one for safety's sake. But use it only in emergencies and when you are not driving. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The above is from a paid subscription site and is the first of a two-part article by Jane Brody. As it is quite lengthy, I have only included that portion of the article where advice is given to elderly drivers. If you subscribe to the NYT online, it is well worth reading.