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5 Traffic Tips for Senior Drivers

05 Nov Blog | Comments

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Driving at 16 years old is challenging because you have very little experience. You don’t know all the rules of the road and you are uncomfortable behind the wheel. As you get older you gain confidence and become much more comfortable behind the wheel. Once you hit a certain age, which is different for everyone, you realize you are feeling uncomfortable behind the wheel again. Below are 5 traffic tips for senior drivers to help you recognize why you are struggling behind the wheel.

Comfortable Distance

No one is saying you need give up driving completely. However, as you get older you may not feel as comfortable driving the same distances you used to be able to. Taking vacations and driving 12-14 hours will begin to wear you out more and more. So, pay attention to your body. If you feel yourself getting tired stop at rest area. Then, either switch with another driver or take at least a 30 min. break. Having a meal is a great way to recharge and refuel your body.

Daytime vs. Nighttime

Driving during the day is very different from driving at night. During the day it is easier to see street signs. It is also easier to see the markings on the road. People of any age sometimes struggle to drive at night. As you get older it will become more challenging to drive at night. If you do not want to have to stop driving you may want to limit your driving to daytime.

Slower Reflexes

Part of driving is reacting quickly. If a deer jumps out at you, you need to be able to react. If a child loses a ball and the child and it ends up in the road you need to be able to react quickly. When those reflexes start to slow down you need to determine if your slower reflexes could keep you from reacting quickly enough.

One way to combat the slower reflexes is to slow down your speed, a little. Another way is to drive where through areas that are less likely going to have deer or other animals.

Reduce Driving Distractions

Distractions, like texting, eating, or listening to music, while driving are dangerous for anyone. As you get older those distractions become more distracting and more dangerous. Reducing those distractions will make it easier for anyone, especially a senior driver, to drive more safely.

Medications

If you are taking any medications it is important to find out what the possible side effects could be. If any of the side effects include dizziness, sleepiness, etc. be sure you do not get behind the wheel until you know how that medication will affect your ability to drive.

Driving requires the ability to focus, react quickly and to be aware of how your body is feeling, so you can determine what the best course of action will be. If you feel you’ re struggling to do any of those then it may be time to alter how much you drive, how far you drive and what medications you take before driving.

 

 

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