Senior driving … decisions about your ability to drive should never be based on age alone. However, changes in vision, physical fitness and reflexes may cause safety concerns. When researching this topic for discussion, I came across this information listed below from a website from the Mayo Clinic.
As we get older, we likely will notice physical changes that can make certain actions such as moving our foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal more challenging. Driver safety requires more than understanding road signs and traffic laws states. Please take the time to look over these tips to ensure you are the safest behind the wheel.
1. Stay physically active
Staying physically active improves your strength and flexibility. In turn, physical activity can improve driver safety by making it easier to turn the steering wheel, look over your shoulder to change lanes and make other movements while driving and parking.
Look for ways to include physical activity in your daily routine. Walking is a great choice for many people. Sit to stand exercises can help with the ability to get in and out of the car. Stretching and strength training exercises are helpful for older drivers, too. If you have been sedentary, get your doctor’s OK before increasing your activity level.
2. Schedule regular vision and hearing tests
Some 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. Common age-related vision problems — such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration — also can make it difficult to see clearly or drive at night.
Ask your doctor how often to schedule vision and hearing tests. Even if you think, your hearing and vision are fine, stick to your doctor’s recommended exam schedule. Problems might be easier to correct if caught early, and specialists can recommend timely adjustments to reduce your risk of an accident….