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Getting Older Means Being Even More Cautious

19 Jan Blog | Comments

When you were 16 years old, you learned everything you needed learn so you could get your driver’s license. You learned all the rules of the road so you could be a good defensive driver. As you drove longer you gained experience making you an even better driver.

Moving into your 30s and 40s you and an experienced driver now and have to watch out for the 16 year olds who are just learning. Something you did not anticipate was that you would also have to watch out for the older drivers also.

As drivers get into their 60s and 70s they don’t want to give up the independence they have had for 50, 60 or more years. Yet certain senses diminish as a person ages. A person’s vision, particularly their depth perception, can deteriorate over time making it harder and harder to drive.

Also an older person’s hearing gets worse as time passes. Even with the use of hearing aids it will become more difficult for a person to hear important things, like an ambulance. An older person may also not hear other cars and/or motorcycles. As defensive drivers we all know how important it is to hear and know what is going on around us.

Another issue for folks that are getting older is slower reflexes which can create two problems. First, they become more and more afraid behind the wheel so they slow down and drive under the speed limit. This can cause accidents when people are behind a slower driver expecting them to go a certain speed.

Second, should there ever be a time when something does happen around an older driver he or she may not be able to counter with a defensive move fast enough. They will be unable to stop or avoid the accident from happening. Or worse yet they could do more damage because they are not even aware of what is about to happen.

Finally, an older person will actually see their insurance rates increase over time. They become more of a liability to the insurance company so they increase the rates.

However, there is something to combat most of the issues mentioned above. There are online classes for people who are getting older. The classes remind older drivers of the rules of the road, introduces newer laws for that county and/or state, and will also teach them way to be more confident in their driving.

Getting older is not easy and giving up the independence of driving oneself around is even harder. It is inevitable that at some point an older person will have to give up driving. However, it can be prolonged by being more cautious, more aware and by taking a refresher course on how to be a defensive driver.

There are courses designed specifically for older drivers that focuses on all the issues mentioned above. And what many people do not know is that by taking a refresher course some insurance companies will keep the current rates, a person has, or some even reduce rates.


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