Special Care Tips for Seniors Who Are Driving

Olderwomandriver-300x199.jpgDriving at any age requires care and focused attention. For many seniors, driving becomes more challenging as they age. This makes sense, of course, as physical changes may make driving somewhat more difficult than it was formerly. Eyesight may weaken, reflexes may slow, and the sounds of horns or other traffic-related sounds may dim.

For senior citizens who encounter challenges as they drive, following these tips may prove beneficial:

Focus on visibility. Cleaning the windshield regularly is a must, but don't stop there: make sure the rear view mirrors are also clean and that windshield wiper blades are in the best possible working condition. If you have prescription glasses, be sure to wear them. You may also want to consider investing in prescription sunglasses for days when sun glare can be a problem. Make sure the seat is high enough; if it is not, sit on a small pillow or cushion.

Plan drives wisely. When possible, plan trips so as to avoid heavy traffic. For example, if morning and evening commute hours are challenging, plan an excursion in the middle of the morning or afternoon instead. If weather is bad, don't go out on the road unless it is absolutely unavoidable.

Drive only when fit. Driving while sleepy or when over-stressed can be dangerous. Those who take medications that cause drowsiness should not drive while under the influence of those medications.

Eliminate distracting noise. If the radio is distracting, turn it off. Do not use a cell phone while driving. Conversations with passengers that take one's mind off the road should be avoided.

Give space. Leaving plenty of room between one's own car and the car ahead allows more time for braking in an emergency situation.

Get a check-up. Regularly make sure you are in proper physical condition for driving. A check-up should include hearing and vision tests so that glasses or hearing aids can be utilized if necessary.

With special care, many seniors can be safer and more effective drivers. Knowing when to drive and when not – including when to stop driving – can save lives.​

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