Health: Too Old to Drive?

How to tell when a senior is a danger--and how to take away the car keys

The carnage in California was bad enough last week after motorist Russell Weller, 86, lost control of his 1992 Buick at a Santa Monica farmers' market, injuring 40 people and killing 10. But the tragedy also raised larger questions. With 16% of all drivers 65 or older and with that figure expected to rise to 25% by 2030, families are worrying anew about when it's safe for seniors to drive and when it's time to take away the keys.

No one denies that the skills necessary for good driving decline with age, even if they decline at different rates for different...

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