Driv­ing on

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Age­ing With At­ti­tude -

Hav­ing a car can mean in­de­pen­dence for so many — es­pe­cially if they are stuck in ru­ral Ire­land. That’s even more so the case if older peo­ple need to get to ser­vices or just sim­ply want to keep up con­tact with friends and fam­ily. A new RTÉ One doc­u­men­tary start­ing next Mon­day, June 19, called Too Old For The Road? fol­lows the lives of older Ir­ish mo­torists, in­clud­ing Michael Hayes, (pic­tured) as they face new con­cerns head on: fail­ing eye­sight, driv­ing li­cence re­newal, ru­ral iso­la­tion and a speed­ing fine at age 86. The truth is you are never too old for any­thing, but some­times age-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions mean peo­ple have to give up driv­ing. One of the is­sues ex­plored in­cludes what hap­pens when older driv­ers’ health be­gins to fail and they risk be­com­ing a dan­ger to them­selves and other road users.

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