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How old is too old to drive?

Just how old is too old to drive? We find out tonight at 11. Just how old is too old to drive? We find out tonight at 11.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

They're some of the safest drivers on the road and often the most experienced. One in 10 drivers behind the wheel today is over 70 years old. But have you ever wondered, just how old is too old to drive?

"The age is irrelevant," said family physician Dr. Allen Wenner. "I need to know what their medical condition is. Many take too many drugs at the wrong times. And that can impact driving sometimes more than deteriorations in the physical."

"It's a difficult situation for a family to tell their mother or father that they can't or shouldn't be driving," said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. "But for the good of the elderly individual and the general public, it's probably a good idea for them to take the keys away from them."

We talk with the state Department of Motor Vehicles, doctors, and even put two senior drivers to the test to find out how they measure up on the road.

That's coming up tonight at 11.

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  • How old is too old to drive?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    60-70
    3%
    11 votes
    80-90
    18%
    75 votes
    90+
    5%
    23 votes
    Depends on health
    74%
    314 votes
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