How Aging Can Affect Driving

But the sad fact is, as we get older, our bodies and minds often become less capable of operating a car safely. Vision and hearing fade, and reaction times slow. Perhaps worst of all is when conditions like Alzheimer’s disease rob someone of their ability to think and understand the world around them.

Though nobody likes to admit they are aging, quitting driving now can prevent a serious crash later. In a possible local example of what can happen, an 81-year-old Pittsburgh-area man died after he drove the wrong way onto Route 28.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the man turned into an outbound lane of the route, so that he was driving against traffic. He crashed into another vehicle. He was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than three hours later. The condition of the other driver is not mentioned.

We may never know what caused the man to drive the wrong way. The accident happened a little before 10 a.m., so darkness was not a factor. Perhaps, given his age, it is possible that the driver could not read the signs directing him where to turn, or became confused.