July 10, 2013

Senior Drivers: 5 Tips for Driver Safety

Filed under: Boomer,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 1:59 pm

Courtesy of  Hayley Granton [hayleygranton@gmail.com]

As people age, discount there can be a reduction in driving coordination and reaction times while driving a vehicle. In order to continue to drive safely, generic a person must be able to recognize these changes. Listening to the concerns of others, and paying more attention to being a safer driver is extremely important.

Here are five tips to help an elderly driver continue to drive and be safer.

1)Accept and recognize that your body and abilities to handle driving safely may have changed with age.

Get a good medical check-up. Have your hearing and eyesight checked for changes that have occurred. It may be harder to see road signs and signals when eyesight diminishes. Make sure that you are wearing the proper corrective lenses. Loss of hearing can lead to accidents. If a person is prescribed a hearing aide, always wear it for personal safety and the safety of others.

2) Find the right vehicle for safe driving.Senior Drivers 5 Tips for Driver Safety

Keep a vehicle in good running condition. Have it checked. Choose one to aid in easier driving such as power brakes and steering. Look for a vehicle that is not a straight-drive. Diminished body strength can be overcome with an automatic transmission. Know how to operate the vehicles with lifts.

3) Defensive driving is more important than ever.

With slower reaction times, it is important to slow down more when driving. Leave plenty of room for sudden braking. If roads are very wet and icy, conditions are already a driving hazard. Determine if it is necessary to drive in these conditions. Consider taking a local defensive driving course. No matter age or limitations, anyone can benefit from courses to become a better driver. Bonus benefits can include auto insurance discounts to those who have taken defensive driving courses.

4) Know when not to drive.

It is extremely important for any driver to know about the medications that might be prescribed them. Read the labels carefully. Talk to the doctor. Any medications that can cause any type of drowsiness are danger signals of when not to drive. Pay attention to any dizziness that might be experienced. This is a time not to drive. Seizure patients must understand that a seizure while driving can be deadly both to themselves and other drivers on the road. Diabetics also need to take this advice. Again, consider alternatives to driving a vehicle with any of these conditions.

5) When driving, plan for your trip.

Upon entering the vehicle, know the route to take. Be prepared. Trying to read a map or directions while driving is very dangerous. Activities such as using a cell phone and choosing to eat while driving can prove deadly. Eat and make phone calls before driving. Program a GPS for destinations before ever beginning to drive.

If an older driver has followed these safety tips and still finds themselves in an accident, it is time to consult an attorney. Immediately contact an experienced personal attorney at www.cartersvilleinjuryattorney.com

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