How Old Is Too Old To Drive?

October 8, 2012 7:00 AM

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?

" In politics, there are plenty of “third-rail” topics that candidates try to avoid. Many of those issues are hugely important to one major demographic: senior citizens.

But older voters aren’t just concerned with Social Security and Medicare. They’re also worried about personal freedom and independence — symbolized, in part, by their right to drive.

Earlier this year, AAA conducted a study of drivers 65 and older. And a whopping 89% said that losing their driver’s license would be a huge problem. Many had begun curtailing their driving to reduce the possibility of accidents and ensure those licenses stay in their pockets.

But Margaret Dunning of Plymouth, Michigan doesn’t seem to worry about such things. At 102, she still drives regularly, and she still changes her own oil. Perhaps most impressively, she does so with an 82-year-old car that she’s owned for 63 years "

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