Road Safety Advice All Elderly Drivers Should Bear in Mind

As a senior driver, you have more experience out on the roads than anyone. So it can be frustrating to have people questioning your driving skills- particularly since you’ve been driving for longer than these people have been alive! Most older adults are perfectly safe to drive, which is why in most countries there’s no upper age limit. However as you do progress in your life there are a few things that are worth bearing in mind, particularly if you have experienced any changes in your health. Here are some road safety tips for elderly drivers to be aware of.

Do You Have a Disability or Health Condition?

The reason most people give up their spot in the driver’s seat and surrender their license is due to health issues rather than age, However as we get older, we do tend to suffer more health problems so the two can be linked. Some things to bear in mind would be if you’ve recently had a heart attack or stroke and are thought to be high risk for having another. If you have an attack on the roads and lose control of the car, you could kill or injure yourself or someone else. Another type of health problem to be aware of with driving is ones that affect your grip, hands and feet. These need to be fully functioning to control a car. Mental health and cognitive issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, even those in the early stages can be problematic too. Even the side effects of medication could mean you’re unfit to drive. Speak to your doctor if you’re unsure, many health issues may be given the go ahead but you don’t want to risk it and cause injury.

Are Your Vision and Hearing What They Once Were?

You might be in good health with no disability, but if your hearing and vision has worsened this can be a problem when it comes to driving. Both of these tend to decline as we get older, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your car but it is something to be aware of. Often a stronger prescription in your glasses or going for a hearing aid fitting is enough to make you safe on the roads again. As your two important senses can be brought back up to scratch.

Should You Have a Driving Assessment?

A simple driving assessment isn’t designed to catch you out or take your license away. Instead it will give you help and advice about how to improve your driving as an older person. It’s informal and completely confidential, so no worries if you don’t drive as well as you usually would due to nerves on the day, you won’t have your license taken off you. You could given advice to make your driving experience safer and more pleasant, such having various adaptations for the car suggested to you. It could give you and your family peace of mind that you’re safe and capable on the roads.

The idea of giving up driving can be stressful for seniors, as many need a car to maintain their independence. You don’t have to hand over your license just because you’re later in life, but have a think about your personal circumstances. Make sure your health is good enough to safely drive and control a car.

About Jammie Morey

Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she later moved to Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Jammie and her husband home school their daughter, and enjoy doing many things together as a family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with their daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.

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