Most people take driving for granted, but as they get older, driving can become more dangerous. As we age, our driving abilities change. When we get older, certain senses and abilities begin to diminish and we may have trouble seeing or hearing. Aches and pains can slow down our reaction time and our ability to focus may lessen.
These changes need to be taken into consideration, especially while driving. Here are some of the essential tips to help seniors stay safe on the road.
Depending upon your age, get your vision tested at least once or twice a year. Eye doctors can detect and correct many vision related issues such as cataracts. Also get your corrective lenses checked so as to ensure that you are wearing accurate prescription glasses. Good vision will make safe driving for older adults much easier. In addition, it is important to get a hearing test done every three years. Also, make sure the inside of the car is as quiet as possible to avoid any distractions.
Another important step to ensure safe driving is proper maintenance of your car. Make sure that your engine oil is changes, filters are changed, fluids replaced, tire pressure checked and brakes checked. This will keep your vehicle in good condition. Lights and signals of your car should function properly.
Increase safety by becoming aware of your surroundings. Eliminate any activity that may cause distraction and divert your attention from driving. Maintain your speed within the speed limit range and ensure that there is a safe driving distance from the car in front of you.
Avoid driving for long hours as it may lead to fatigue or exhaustion. Take rest in between if you are going for a long drive. As we age, we are already on cerain medications for chronic diseases. Some of these medications affect the concentration or focus, which can be quite dangerous while driving. Be sure to watch out for medications that cause drowsiness or make the person feel dizzy.
All elderly drivers should keep a roadside kit in the car. This kit should include basic first aid, flares or warning light, tire equipment and extra cell phone batteries.
Driving safety for seniors is more than just about being able to drive. Remember, good drivers are safe drivers. Elderly people need to be extra cautious on road to ensure their safety.