Older Driver Safety: How to Stay Protected

Do you know a senior who drives often? Follow these older-driver tips to help them stay healthy and safe behind the wheel.

September 21, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep yourself and others safe while driving. Or if you know a senior who drives often, try to help them get checked when necessary.

Get Regular Checkups and Stay Alert

Make sure you get all your regular checkups at the doctor to test your hearing and vision and to prevent emergencies. Remember to make an appointment with your doctor every one to two years if you’re 65 or older.

If you suffer from any of the following, a follow-up with your doctor may be helpful before driving:

  • Stiff Joints and Muscles: If you have arthritis or stiff joints and your pain gets worse, this can affect your driving
  • Eye Problems: If you’re having trouble seeing, or have cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration, stay aware of your symptoms and monitor them. Certain medicines can affect your eyesight, so be aware of side effects too.
  • Hearing Issues: Your hearing can change as you get older, so be sure to get checked so you can hear horns, sirens, and other warning noises while driving

Remember to always stay alert, not only on the road but regarding your own health conditions as well.

Stay Active and Healthy

You can avoid many of the common old-age symptoms above by taking the steps necessary to remain healthy. Try these today:

Make sure to get plenty of physical activity to remain limber, even if it’s just going for walk. Your doctor can help come up with a routine that fits your individual needs.

More Tips to Stay Safe

As a senior, there are some things you can do to help guarantee you stay safe while driving. Try these tips to help you stay safe:

  • Avoid driving at night or during sunrise/sunset if possible (to limit glare)
  • Stay up-to-date on your prescriptions
  • See if you can get hand controls for the gas and/or brakes if necessary
  • Check your driving skills often at a driving rehabilitation specialist
  • Be aware of the driving conditions—stay in if they’re questionable
  • Ask your doctor if he/she has any concerns about you driving

Find out how else you can stay healthy as a senior or how to help a senior you know thrive now.

 

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Sources
“Older Drivers,” National Institute on Aging. August 1, 2017.
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/older-drivers

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