Remember that feeling of finally getting your drivers' license? That feeling of freedom and independence is also connected to reaching many of our day-to-day activities. Yet a disability, illness or aging can affect our ability to be a safe driver by impairing our decision-making skills and our ability to control a vehicle. Being a child of an elderly parent also may mean it's time to talk about driving.
The facts: the danger of driving increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 19 percent increase in older drivers between 1997 and 2007. Motor vehicle crash deaths per capita among males and females begin to increase markedly starting at ages 70-74. Fatal crash rates increase starting at age 75 and increase notably after age 80.
That's why Sinai Hospital is pleased to offer a driver evaluation and training program that can help you maintain your or your loved one's independence while ensuring your safety on the road. The evaluation at Sinai is a two-part process consisting of a pre-driving screening and a behind-the-wheel evaluation.
A recent column in the Bowie Blade-News offered some advice and guidance on discussing this sensitive topic with a parent. By letting a driver education program review and then make a recommendation, the decision becomes more objective.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Sinai program, call 410-601-5830.