There are now more than 20 million drivers in the U.S. that are age 70 and up. For every mile driven, collision rates for seniors 70 and older is second only to teenagers.
Many families are turning to the "driving rehabilitation specialist" — an occupational therapist specifically trained to work with elderly drivers. The program gives drivers extensive testing on depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision, sign recognition and reaction time.
Mary Beth Meyer, a certified driving rehab specialist, says the biggest problem for families is identifying which drivers need help. Warnings signs include: driving too slowly; failure to observe signs and signals; failure to yield; easily frustrated or confused and difficulty interpreting traffic situations.
Meyer figures she can help about 30 percent of the senior drivers she sees.
The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists has put together a list of driving rehabilitation specialists by location. Click here to find one near you.