This first week in December has us thinking about our seniors and driving. The CDC states that there are 44 licensed drivers over the age of 65 currently in the United States.
If you are a senior driver, what are ways that you can continue to drive safely?
As you age, driving can get more challenging. Your vision or hearing may have changed. It could be more difficult to drive at night.
Additionally, if you have arthritis or another medical condition that can make driving more difficult.
It’s most important for you to know yourself and your capabilities. If you are feeling uncomfortable it may be time to scale back or stop driving. There are however ways to help you drive safely.
- Have your vision and hearing checked regularly.
- Stay physically active. This will help with your reflexes and strength.
- Try to drive a car with an automatic transmission. Shifting can be distracting as you age.
- Avoid driving at times that are difficult for you. Nighttime or heavy traffic times may be best to avoid. Bad weather is a sign to stay home too.
- Plan your route and don’t crowd other drivers. Be sure to leave extra space between cars in front of you.
Your independence as you age is important. We all understand that but your safety is also important so try and be aware of your abilities.
If you have a loved one that you are concerned about, please try to talk with them to see if anything needs to be done differently or changed..
Private Home Health Care recommends checking in with your doctor if you have concerns. This is a very busy time of year and people are rushing at times. We want you to keep yourself safe when you are on the road. Stay safe.