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Annual Driving Tests For Senior Citizens Essay

, Research Paper David 1 David “Bucky” Stewart Ms. Warren English 1101 3 December 1999 Annual Driving Tests for Senior Citizens One problem when driving on the roads is when a person runs across another

, Research Paper

David 1

David “Bucky” Stewart

Ms. Warren

English 1101

3 December 1999

Annual Driving Tests for Senior Citizens

One problem when driving on the roads is when a person runs across another

person who should not be driving a car. Quite often, the person that should not be driving

is an older person. The problem occurs when the older people can not handle the car that

he or she is driving. Statistics have shown that older are involved in a high percentage of

wrecks when compared to other age groups. I feel that an annual driving test should be

required for everyone once he or she reaches a certain age. Many people may say that the

age chosen is arbitrary. I feel that once a person is old enough to retire, he or she should

be required to take an annual driving test. Most people retire because he or she has

worked for many years and does not have to work anymore. Why not give the people,

who do not need to work, an annual driving test to see if he or she still needs to be

driving? I hope I can convince the older people, that may need to take an annual driving

test, that an annual driving would be a very good idea.

This argument clearly has two sides. One side is the side that feels that an annual

driving test for people that have reached a certain age would help make the roads safer.

The people on the “driving test for older people” side also believe that an annual will get

many unsafe drivers off the roads. The opposing side is the side that feels that an annual

driving test is not needed. The opposing side may also feel that an annual driving test

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would be a waste of time.

I am siding with the people for an annual driving test. My side is good because the

annual driving test will help get people that can not drive safely off the roads. Many

dangerous drivers would not be allowed to drive if he or she can not pass the annual

driving test. My first evidence is the fact that many older people can not handle a car

physically. My first fact is true because many older people become weaker with age and

diseases like arthritis set in.Not being able to handle a car physically would greatly

increase the chances of having a wreck. Secondly, because of a decline in vision, many

older people may not be able to see other cars. If an older person can not see the cars

around him or her, he or she is more likely to hit the other cars that are nearby. Next, as a

human gets older his or her reaction time slows down in many cases. People with a slow

reaction time would hit the car in front of him or her if the car in front of him or her had to

stop suddenly. My last argument is that some older people’s minds tend to wander more

as he or she gets older. In many cases, diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease will effect a

person’s jugdment, possibly impairing him or her from driving. A person could run a

redlight and possibly hit another person if he or she is not paying attention or if his or her

mind is wandering

The other side may say that the test is unnecessary because he or she is quite

capable of handling a car physically. This is a true statement, but the test is not designed

to punish the people who can handle a car. The test takes driving privileges away from

people who can not handle a car. Another argument the other side may use is that glasses

can be bought to fix a vision problem. This is also a true statement in most cases. There

are some cases, like my grandfather, where the vision problem can not be corrected in any

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way. A good argument for the opposing side may be that older people can tell when he or

she needs to stop driving. This solution would be the best solution except that people

tend to be biased when judging himself or herself. Often, older people are stubborn about

when he or she has to judge himself or herself. I think most older people feel offended

when people start to question his or her abilities. The last argument the other side could

make is that the test would be a waste of time for those people that can pass the test. I

agree with this argument. The test would be a waste of time for the people that can pass

it. Taking the test is not that much to ask though, especially when the test gets the

dangerous drivers off the road. Getting dangerous drivers off the roads should be a

concern for every person that drives a car or even walks on the side walk. A dangerous

puts everybody at risk when he or she is driving.

The other side has many valid arguments but my side is better for three reasons.

My first reason that my side is better is that taking a test once a year is a small price to pay

for everybody’s safety. Many older people sit at home all day, or sit on his or her front

porch all day just because he or she has nothing else to do. The test would give some

older people something to do. The second reason my side is better is that the test can be

free. People should not have any problem taking a test that is free. If he or she is able to

drive and pass the test, then he or she can think of it as an accomplishment. My last

reason that my side is better is that the roads will be a safer place to drive on. When an

older person passes the annual driving test, he or she will keep his or her license. When an

older person fails the annual driving test, his or her license will be revoked. Every time a

license is revoked, an unsafe driver is taken off the roads.

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In this argument, both sides make many strong points. If each point is looked at

closely, I am sure that older people will realize that an annual test would be a good thing.

My side shows that an annual test would not be too much of a burden for older people.

An annual driving test would not cost anything. The annual test would not take very long

either. My side also shows that the streets would become a safer place if an annual test

were required once a person reaches a certain age.

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