Helping older adults remain as independent as possible is a goal for many adult children and their parents. There’s a lot of freedom in being able to drive wherever you’d like to go.
But it’s important to recognize that driving can become more challenging as we age. Reaction times, situational awareness, and vision may not be as strong. Driving in bad weather, after dark, or in heavy traffic may become more stressful. In this article, we’re sharing safety tips to help older drivers continue driving safely.
Safety Tips for Older Drivers
Planning ahead is key for older drivers. If you feel great driving during the day but struggle to see at dusk or after dark, make sure to leave in plenty of time to reach your destination before the light changes.
If longer drives intimidate you, consider carpooling with family or friends. You might also investigate public transportation options.
Avoid distracted driving, which can be especially dangerous if your reaction times are slower than they once were. If you’re taking prescription medication, be aware of any side effects that may cause impairment. Get regular physical activity to help maintain mobility and keep your reflexes sharp.
If you’re age 55 or older, you can learn skills to make you a safer driver and get a car insurance discount by participating in the Online Mature Driver Defensive Driving Course from the National Safety Council.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.