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Safety tips on the road for older adult drivers

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As we age, our relationship with driving evolves. The freedom of the open road comes with new considerations. Whether you’re cruising through the mountains, running an errand in the city or heading to the coast, safety should always be your co-pilot.

Regular health check-ups

Your health plays a crucial role in your driving ability. Schedule regular check-ups with your doctor to assess your vision, hearing and overall physical condition. The American Automobile Association, Inc., recommends annual eye exams for drivers aged over 60 to ensure optimal road visibility.

Adapting to changes

Recognize and adapt to changes in your driving abilities. If night driving becomes challenging, limit your trips after dark. Consider planning your routes to avoid rush hour traffic or complex intersections. You may also take a defensive driving course to refresh your skills and learn new safety techniques.

Vehicle maintenance and technology

Keep your vehicle in top shape with regular maintenance. Familiarize yourself with new car technologies that can enhance safety. Features like backup cameras, blind-spot detection and automatic emergency braking can provide additional support on the road.

Medication awareness

Be aware of how your medications might affect your driving. Some prescriptions can cause drowsiness or slow reaction times. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects that could impact your ability to drive safely.

Planning ahead

Plan your trips in advance. Choose routes with well-lit streets, clear signage and easy-to-navigate intersections. If you’re traveling long distances, take frequent breaks to stay alert and refreshed.

Know your limits

It’s essential to recognize when it might be time to limit or stop driving. If you’re feeling less confident behind the wheel or have had recent close calls, it may be time to consider alternative transportation options.

Staying safe on the road is a responsibility we all share, regardless of age. By taking proactive steps and staying informed, you can continue to enjoy the independence that driving provides. However, despite necessary precautions, accidents can still happen. If you ever find yourself in a vehicular mishap, do not hesitate to contact our law firm.