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How old is too old to drive?

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Updated: 10/11/2012 6:30 pm
FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- Jason McCreanor never dreamed he'd be cleaning up the aftermath of an accident like this. "I was finishing up work and heard a loud bang and commotion and opened up the spare bedroom door and found a car sitting in it," he says.

Authorities say a 70-year-old woman accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, slamming into his house.

The crash caused about $50,000 in damage to both the car and home. McCreanor is just happy no one was hurt, this time. Which begs the question, should seniors have tougher requirements to get behind the wheel?

"One day I'm going to be there and I don't want my independence taken away from me. But at the same time maybe it's something to look into," says McCreanor.

According to AAA, there are about 28-million senior drivers in the U.S. But that number is about to skyrocket. AAA Insurance Manager Bill Bishop says, "It's estimated by the year 2030 there's going to be 70-million senior drivers. So it's something we need to address."

Often times, he says, it's the seniors themselves who need to take safety into their own hands. "The senior driver can protect themselves, just by limiting what they do and becoming acquainted with how their body's changing," says Bishop.

In Florida, seniors must retake an eye test after a certain age and renewal periods get shorter. AAA offers senior driving courses to ensure their safety on the road and possibly avoid accidents like this one from happening.
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