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How to know when it’s time to hang up the keys

Driving is a source of independence for many adults, regardless of age, enabling them to get around without having to rely on others. As we get older, driving allows us to participate in activities and social events we love. While there are many positive benefits to staying connected, statistics also show that older adults have a higher risk of getting into motor vehicle accidents. Changes in health conditions that are more common with age can affect driving ability. So how do you know when it’s time to hang up the keys? Scientific evidence suggests that not being able to perform a seemingly quick and simple task, such as drawing a clock, is linked to one's ability to drive a car. The most effective way to determine your eligibility is an in-person renewal. If you, or someone you know should be reassessed, consider a formal driving evaluation to determine whether you’re fit for the road.


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