Aging, like death and taxes is the inevitable and unavoidable.
So how do you know when it's time to give up the keys?
As you grow older, a lot of things change, like hearing and vision.
But when is it unsafe to get behind the wheel?
That's part of what a class in Blacksburg is teaching.
And it's for good reason.
In Virginia last year 83 people between the ages of 16 and 20 died in car accidents.
In comparison, 91 people older than 70 died in crashes.
“As you age, things change. Our reaction time is different so you have to allow for that, and that's part of this class,” said Jackie Byrd, who attended the two-day class.
The only requirement for older drivers in Virginia is that once you hit 80, you must to take a vision test.
So how do you know when it's time to park the car and put away the keys?
“That is probably the most difficult question and item that we cover,” said course instructor Cecil McBride.
There are red flags to be on the lookout for.
They have a lot of pain when they have to stop suddenly, or grip the steering wheel, and they're starting to get nervous and they don't enjoy it, then that's a sign,” says Dr. Caroline Kramer, a physician at LewisGale. “If people are losing confidence at driving then that's a sign that it's probably not safe anymore.”
If you see some of these signs in a loved one, the best thing to do is talk to them directly.
“They may be more than happy to stop driving. They might have just been waiting for someone else to takeover,” Kramer says.
Or try talking to their doctor.
“I bet you well know your parents will listen to physician when they won't listen to you,” McBride says.
Drivers at this safety course agree: putting it in park is losing a big piece of their independence.
And many don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
“I don't know. Quite a while hopefully. As long as I live hopefully,” says George Allen, who is 88 years old.