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License Rules for Elderly Drivers in Texas

As we get older, our ability to react to things changes. Reaction times become slower, and it is more difficult to see and process everything that is happening around us. Most of the time, this is not reason for concern. However, if we are behind the wheel, this decreased reaction time may lead to a car accident.

For elderly drivers, these decreasing skills could be a potentially dangerous problem for other motorists. Each state handles these concerns differently, often using drivers' licensing requirements to help keep an eye on drivers as they age. In Texas, drivers must renew a driver's license every six years, and those up to age 79 may renew their license online or by the mail.

However, once drivers reach 79 years old, they must renew their license in person, which means that they must also pass a vision test before the license will be renewed. Additionally, drivers 85 and older will have to renew their license every two years.

There are other steps that families can take to ensure that their loved ones are fit to drive. Elderly drivers are encouraged to take driving safety courses to help relearn some of the safety tips that they may have forgotten over time. If the driver is suffering from health problems, encourage him or her to refrain from driving until these problems have passed.

While it may be difficult for individuals to give up the freedom that driving provides, sometimes it may be necessary to take drastic steps to ensure that an elderly family member no longer will be behind the wheel. Preventing these accidents can help ensure that roadways remain safe for all motorists.

Source: Fox News.com "How states are dealing with older drivers" September 17, 2012.

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