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Combating Mature Driver Struggles

06 Jun Blog | Comments

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A younger driver’s lack of experience sometimes ends badly, in the form of a speeding ticket or an accident. Mature drivers have the advantage of experience but unfortunately, as a person ages so does their body. An aging body can struggle with certain attributes that are necessary for driving. When a mature driver struggles with those attributes that can also end badly in the form of losing their driver’s license or an accident. Combating mature driver struggles is not easy but can be accomplished.

First, let’s tackle the attributes that can haunt a mature driver. What is most frustrating is that a person cannot really control many of the following attributes, he or she has to find a way to deal with them in a way that keeps them and everyone around them safe.

  • Hearing – the amount of hearing loss depends on the individual, some people lose their hearing faster than others
  • Vision – this is also an attribute that can vary and cannot really be controlled. Vision issues can be diminishing eyesight or also sensitivity to the sun or struggles with nighttime vision
  • Reflexes – as a person gets older his/her reflexes usually get slower, mostly because their body moves slower not necessarily their mind

Combating Mature Driver Struggles

  • Hearing – In order to help a mature driver with hearing loss, a person should get their hearing checked often and consider purchasing hearing aids. Properly fitted hearing aids can restore a person’s hearing to normal levels.
  • Vision – vision loss is not something a person can stop but can be aware of and continually update his or her glasses prescription. a person can also get special glasses to help with sensitivity to the sunlight. There have also been some advances with nighttime vision glasses.
  • Reflexes – to combat slower reflexes a person should exercise daily and consider driving during off-peak driving times. There is rush hour in the morning and the afternoon and a person with slower reflexes should consider driving outside of those times. A person struggling with reflexes may also want to consider not driving on a highway. Not driving on a highway keeps the speed slower which gives a person more time to react should something happen.

Another option a person could take advantage of today that was not available until recently is driving companies like Uber or Lyft. For the occasional errand, they are reasonably priced and are available 24/7.

Combating mature driver struggles is an ongoing process. A mature driver may have hearing issues, but no vision issues, however in 6 months that person could also have vision issues that need to be addressed. It is so important that as a person gets older he or she pays attention to what their body is telling them. No one wants to give up the independence driving gives a person, but no one wants to be responsible for causing an accident resulting in injury and possibly death. Combating mature driver struggles can be overcome with thoughtful processes and awareness.

 

 

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