There are differences between elderly drivers and younger drivers in that the elderly are more likely to have cognitive, motor and sensoriperceptual deficits affecting their driving performance. The elderly driver is more likely to have a chronic illness and to be on medication, that might adversely affect driving. The elderly driver requires more study and help either by retraining or provision of adaptations to vehicles. Fitness to drive is of clinical importance to doctors in most specialities and recent studies would suggest that doctors need to be more aware of the current guidelines on driving and be prepared to offer advice.
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