Physical changes can make driving a bit more difficult for older adults.
Still, older adults can stay safe on the road. Consider the information
below to help you or your loved one improve their driving experience and
reduce their chances of being involved in a
Keep these safety tips in mind:
Schedule regular hearing and vision tests. Hearing and vision tend to decline with age, which can make it difficult
to clearly see signs and signals or hear an oncoming emergency vehicle.
It is important to schedule regular hearing and vision checkups to identify
and correct any problems.
Stay physically active. Regular physical activity improves flexibility and strength, which can
make it easier to do things like looking over your shoulder, turning the
steering wheel, and making other movements behind the wheel. It is a good
idea to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, such as walking
Manage any chronic conditions. If you have any chronic conditions, be sure to follow your doctor’s
instructions to keep them under control. If you are taking any medications,
make sure you read the warning labels so that you are aware of any potential
side effects that could impact your ability to drive, such as drowsiness
Refresh your driving skills. It may be a good idea to take a driving course geared toward older adults
in order to refresh your driving skills. This option may even earn you
a discount on your auto insurance.
Know your limitations. Consider any physical limitations that you have and make necessary adjustments.
For example, if you notice that your hands hurt when you grip the steering
wheel, consider a steering wheel cover that makes it more comfortable
to hold, or schedule a visit with an occupational therapist. Don’t
overlook your limitations – look for ways to
overcome them. If you become concerned about your ability to safely drive, it may
be time to consider other transportation options. This shouldn’t
be seen as a loss of independence, but as a way to keep yourself and others
safe on the road.
Kelley/Uustal represents car accident victims throughout the state of Florida.
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