However, drivers over 70 are involved in a very high number of collisions based on the number of kilometers traveled.
Changes that occur during aging can have an adverse effect on an elderly driver’s driving abilities. Among these changes is the impairment of vision, especially at night; A lower perception of depth; And disabilities due to conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism that limit movement and increase reaction times.
While the aging process varies from one person to another, it is important to recognize the changes that are caused by aging and to learn to consider them when driving.
Vision, hearing and medication
- Have your eyesight and hearing regularly checked.
- Always wear glasses or hearing aids when driving.
- Allow yourself time to adapt to your new glasses and have them checked periodically.
- Follow the dosage of your medications, know how they can affect your driving skills and make sure they do not have any adverse effects before taking the road. Do not drive if you are taking certain medications.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Sweep the environment at all times.
- Watch for vehicles that leave the border, a private entrance or a business.
- Pay attention to parked cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
- Look often inside and outside mirrors.
- Check several times on both sides before turning or entering traffic.
- Never assume that you have the right of way, even if you know you have it.
- When you are not sure whether you can overtake or change lanes, keep track of your lane.
- Keep a good distance between your vehicle and the one ahead … follow the three-second rule. Begin counting when the car in front of yours passes a fixed point on the road.
- If driving in rainy weather or in winter, slow down and increase the safety distance.
- Keep a safe space at the sides and back of the car.
- Plan all your trips, choose routes you know well, and avoid heavy traffic and situations where you need to drive at high speed.
- Avoid driving at dawn or dusk, when visibility is poor.
- Avoid driving long.
- Keep the rear window and rear window clean inside and out.
- Avoid attaching the headlights of the oncoming vehicle.
- Concentrate on your driving and be prepared for any eventuality.
- Avoid driving when your nerves are alive.
- Minimize background noise. Set the air conditioner, heater, and radio to the lowest possible level.
- Do not drive if you have been drinking.