Driving can sometimes be difficult for older adults. While all seniors will eventually have to stop driving, there are several things they can do to keep their senses sharp.
The Connecticut Auto Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers have put together this list of seven tips for older driver safety. These tips can help seniors avoid accidents, and continue to drive safely.
Stay physically active
Staying active improves strength and flexibility. In turn, physical activity can improve driver safety by making it easier to turn the steering wheel, look over your shoulder and make other movements while driving and parking. Look for ways to include physical activity in your daily routine.
Schedule regular vision and hearing tests
Senses such as hearing and vision tend to decline with age. Impaired hearing can be a concern for older drivers by limiting the ability to hear an approaching emergency vehicle or train. Vision problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, can make it difficult to see clearly or drive at night.
Manage any chronic conditions
Work with your doctor to manage any chronic conditions — especially those that might impact driver safety, such as diabetes or seizures. Follow your doctor’s instructions for managing your condition and staying safe behind the wheel.
Understand older driver limitations
Consider physical limitations, and make any necessary adjustments. For example, if your hands hurt when gripping the steering wheel, use a steering wheel cover that makes holding and turning the wheel more comfortable. You might ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist, who can offer assistive devices to help you drive or suggest specific exercises to help you overcome your limitations.
Drive under optimal conditions
You can improve driver safety by driving during the daytime, in good weather, on quiet roads, and in familiar areas. Plan your route to avoid rush-hour traffic. Delay your trip if the visibility is poor. Beyond road conditions, make sure you’re in optimal condition to drive. Don’t drive if you’re tired or angry, and never drive after drinking alcohol.
Plan the route ahead of time so older drivers aren’t trying to read a map or read printed directions while driving. If you have a GPS device, enter your destination before you start driving.
Update your driving skills
Consider taking a refresher course for older drivers. Updating your driving skills might earn you a discount on car insurance, depending on your policy. Look for courses through a community education program or local organizations that serve older adults
If you’ve been hurt in an accident through another driver’s negligence, speak with the Connecticut Auto Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers. We’re here to answer all of your legal questions anytime.