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Science in the news - older people and driving.

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P3 There are many social implications of older people driving, and even not driving. Older people do cause loads of accidents, however all age groups do, so you can not count this as an implication. However older people tend to drive slower and this sometimes causes other drivers on the road to become annoyed with them, causing road rage to grow. However, if old people are stopped from driving, they will lose their independence, this may cause them to stay indoors, all alone, and become ill from depression. It may also force them to use public transport, which in many countries like the USA is unavailable, and in countries where it is available it isn't the best as many of the occupants' tend to be secondary school kids. Some who are rough, this endangers elderly people's safety. [8] P2 However many people would argue that elderly people should be allowed to drive. This is because of many reasons. Firstly, old people have actually got into fewer accidents that 17-24 year olds. According to the DFT, 27.8% of accidents were cause by drivers in the age of 17-24. ...read more.

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If they aren't buying petrol they the companies will increase the prices. However if old people do drive then the government will have to pay for many things. They will have to pay to assess damage of accidents, and they will also have to provide regular check-ups and retests, which is also a waste of money [8]. P4There are also many economical insinuations of older people driving. Less carbon emissions will be released into the atmosphere if elderly people cannot drive. This is because fewer cars are on the road. Also, there will be no need to disabled spaces, as elderly people won't be driving. This will mean that there will be more space for other drivers. Also, there will be fewer cars on the road as elderly people will need to car pool or use public transport. [8] P8After looking over my research in more detail I believe that old people should be allowed to drive. They have the same right as any other citizen, maybe even more as they have been around longer. They deserve their independence and one of the main ways for them to be independent it by driving. ...read more.

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This source is unreliable because the facts presented are taken from a survey taken twelve years ago, and the rate of these facts may have decreased or even increased. Another major cause for concern of old people not being able to drive is their visual aging. When humans reach 60 years old their lens becomes yellower, this makes it more difficult to notice neutral colours such as blue. The lens also becomes more opaque, which prevents less light to reach the retina. Also the diameter of the pupil shrinks, and this also cause less light to reach the retina. Due to all of these changes at the age of 60, only 33% less light reaches the retina, this is compared to age 20. Moreover in the late seventies the and of light that reaches the retina fall to 12% [4]. This source was very reliable as it comes from a well know eye company specialists. Furthermore drivers over the age of eighty-five are nine times more likely to cause fatal car crashes than 25-69 year olds [7]. This source is also very reliable because it comes from smart motorist, a well know motorist specialist. ?? ?? ?? ?? Plan-- Amar Mehta ...read more.

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