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Older Drivers need to be Aware

04 Jan Blog | Comments

It is no fun admitting you are getting older. Getting older usually comes in the form of slower reflexes, aching body, vision changes and other not so fun things. It might also mean taking more medications. All of these changes happening to a person can affect their driving in many different ways. So it is important for older drivers to be aware.

Things to be aware of;

  • Medications – Lots of medications have different side effects. This warning can actually be applied to anyone taking medications, however older people tend to take more medications meaning they need to be more aware. Different side effects can include: drowsiness, changing a person’s vision, etc.… Anyone taking a new medication with those types of side effects to take those long before they have to drive to find out if those side effects will affect them.
  • Vision Changes – Vision changes can happen without us even realizing it. That is part of the reason why as we get older we have to have our vision checked when we go to get our license renewed. What many people don’t realize is that although their day vision might be fine their nighttime vision could be affected.
  • Slower reflexes – slower reflexes can be very dangerous because the amount of time it takes to react to something can mean the difference between an accident and no accident. Part of being a good driver is being a defensive driver. The defensive driver is very aware of what is going on around him or her at all times. The defensive driver is also aware of what is coming up so that he or she can react should it become necessary. If a person’s reflexes are slower he or she may not be able to react fast enough to stop the accident from occurring.

Getting older is no fun for anyone because body is changing and not capable of doing things it used to be able to do. Things like taking longer to get dressed are frustrating but not necessarily dangerous. Reacting more slowly and/or losing a person’s vision can be not only dangerous but also deadly.

It is not easy to admit that things are getting harder, but it is really important to be aware of driving skills that might be diminishing. No one wants to do independent of driving, but no one wants to be responsible for hurting another person because of slower reflexes, vision issues or side effects from medications.

Older drivers need to pay attention to their driving abilities. And family members of older drivers need to watch their older family members to be sure they are still capable of driving properly. When the time does come to give up driving it will be important for those family members to help that older driver make that adjustment. They will need to make themselves available to take them to the grocery store and doctor appointments.

 

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