CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- When should senior drivers retire the key?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported drivers 65 or older have the second-highest accident rates behind teen drivers. 

Motor vehicle deaths involving elderly drivers increased by 15 percent from 2020 to 2021 and by 34 percent over the last decade.

Sheri Lutz with Jefferson Area Board for Aging said there's no specific age cutoff for when it's time to stop driving, but there are warning signs.

"If they're continuously driving too slow, or getting lost, or having frequent car accidents, running red lights, showing up with new dents in their car,” she said.

Lutz said then it's time to have a conversation and consult a doctor. She knows that can be difficult.

"Slowly approach the subject, do it with an ongoing and open dialogue, and always encourage the loved one to have the evaluation and maybe go with them," she said.

The Center at Belvedere has a nearly full parking lot daily.

Melanie Benjamin said they're closing the gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy - where you can function the way you want to, like driving.

"Things like functional fitness. How do you keep your reaction time high? Well, a great example of keeping reaction time high and eye-hand coordination is playing in a band," she said.

Benjamin said socialization is also important for working out the brain. That's why for patrons who don't, or can't, drive, Jaunt drives to the center daily. They're waiting on the construction of a bus stop.  
 

The DMV is partnered with the service Virginia GrandDriver. It provides resources and events for senior drivers and their caregivers to stay safe on the roads.