Nov. 21, 2001 -- How can you determine if an elderly driver is
no longer safe behind the wheel? The American Automobile Association Foundation
for Traffic Safety offers these guidelines:
Does the driver have difficulty working the pedals or turning his or her
head fully to check blind spots when changing lanes?
Does the driver "miss" traffic signs or stop lights?
Do other drivers honk frequently at the driver?
Does the driver get lost or disoriented easily, even in familiar
Has the driver been issued two or more traffic tickets in the past two
years or been involved in collisions or "near misses"?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, let the senior
driver know you have concerns. Start a conversation about how the driver might
sharpen skills. Or, if you think the driver should give up driving, seek help
from his or her personal physician, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or
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That message has been helped along by a legion of other celebrities who have passed their 40th birthday, yet remain virtually flab-free. The list includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Barkin, and Mary Tyler Moore.