It really is a fact of life that as we get older, we do lose some of our abilities. You might lose a step, your eyesight and your hearing is not going to always be as sharp as when you were younger and you may not be as quick to react as you used to be.
Many municipalities and states are taking all of these things into consideration when it comes to making decisions on how to deal with the elderly who still want to drive their vehicles, but in fact who may also be hazardous due to oncoming infirmities.
The problem with attempting to regulate physical deficiencies when it comes to driving is that they can be very subtle and difficult to pinpoint. Loss of our facilities can be very gradual and difficult to tell when you are actually so disabled that you cannot function at a level that would be dangerous.
Therefore states have passed laws on elderly drivers where at a certain age they have to be tested for vision and in some cases for motor skills, and even a behind the wheel driver’s test.
It is, in reality, similar to when we first took our behind the wheel test, but now when a person reaches a certain threshold as far as lack of vision of lack of sufficient motor ability, they could be disqualified from driving behind the wheel.
So, for the most part, the current laws on elderly drivers simply cover the mandatory tests that are required at certain ages that will meet certain criteria based on age and ability. These criteria do tend to be hard and fast rules where if a person cannot read the eye chart, or doesn’t do a good job in their behind their behind the wheel test, they can be disqualified from holding a license.