Driving is the key aspect of maintaining one’s independence as one grows older. Although, driving can prove out to be fatal with growing age, one can incorporate safe driving practices to be able to continue driving.
As we age, factors like reduced vision, impaired hearing, slowed motor reflexes, and worsening health conditions can be a problem which hamper driving skills. Aging can also result to reduced strength, coordination, and flexibility, which can impact one’s ability to safely control a car. Regular check-ups are critical to keep you in the best possible driving shape. One must get the eyes and hearing checked every year and use corrective lenses or hearing aid if necessary. Be careful while opening the car doors or windows as it can impair the hearing aid effectiveness. A common issue with people using spectacles for vision correction is glaring and reflection on lenses which blind the drivers. Though, these days modern technology has come up with anti-glare and anti-reflective lenses which are advisable to use while driving. Avoid strenuous or long drives. One must also always keep emergency speed dials on the phone in case of any mishaps. An emergency safety kit or a first aid kit should also be maintained in the car. Avoid driving in bad weather conditions and night drives.
Take a comprehensive driving evaluation by a professional driving school and brush up your driving skills by taking a refresher course. It never hurts to be safe.