Driving is a dangerous activity for everyone. However, the accident fatality rate of senior citizens is higher than that of younger adults. At the same time, failure to make adjustments in their driving to accommodate the aging process increases their risk of getting into an accident. Here are ten tips to help senior citizens drive safely:
- Get your vision and hearing checked. Safe driving is not possible without good vision and hearing. Get regular vision and hearing tests. Replace your contact lenses or glasses as necessary. Get hearing aids if needed. Do not wait until your driver’s license renewal.
- Limit your driving. Avoid driving in congested traffic. This means waiting until rush hour is over and using alternate routes to busy highways. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid night driving. Check the weather forecast and plan your driving around stormy weather. Also limit most of your driving to familiar neighborhoods.
- Be careful of medications. Some medications, both prescription and over the counter, cause drowsiness and reduce mental alertness. In addition, some medications can produce these effects when they interact with other drugs. Consult with your doctor about your medications to learn about their effect on your driving and about possible interactions.
- Exercise your body. The expression, use it or lose it, especially applies to the aging person. To avoid the decline of premature aging, start a regular exercise routine. Consult with your doctor on a routine that is appropriate for you.
- Exercise your mind. Use your mind by engaging in hobbies, puzzles, or learning to play a musical instrument. Social engagement also keeps the mind sharp.
- Increase your following distance. To allow for a slower reaction time, increase the distance between your car and the one in front of you.
- Use public transportation. Take a bus or call a taxi when you are not sure about your driving ability.
- Avoid distractions. Don’t allow conversation, electronic devices, phone calls, and other distractions to divert your focus from the road.
- Reduce glare. Keep your mirrors and both the inside and outside surfaces of your windshield clean. When the sun is low in the sky, wear polarized sunglasses.
- Get periodic health checkups. Some serious health problems such as high blood pressure have little or no obvious symptoms.
If you were injured in an accident because of another motorist, a New Jersey car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at Peter N. Davis and Associates for a free consultation.