Safe Driving for the Elderly | Car Tips
While there are many articles and studies showing the number of teens who get into accidents, there are fewer studies centered around senior citizens. However, older people (70 and above) are more prone to get into a collision than individuals age 30-65. Older drivers should be aware of the warning signs and know when it’s time to hand in the keys.
As your strength and coordination begin to decline, so does your safety when you’re driving. For example, pain in your leg can cause you to break slower while neck pain can make it difficult for you to turn around to switch lanes. Since you are no longer able to react as quickly to your surroundings as you once were, your safety behind the wheel diminishes.
Not only does your strength decline with old age but so does your eyesight. It’s important that you get your eyes checked every year after you turn 65 to ensure you can clearly see the road ahead. Having your hearing checked annually is also a good idea.
If you’re experiencing serious health issues or concerns from your friends and family about your driving, it may be a good idea to hand in the keys. You’re doing yourself a disservice by getting behind the wheel if you’re not able to drive safely.
Patrick Britton – Guest Blogger