As we age, a certain amount of natural decline in vision and hearing is expected; however, this should not prevent older drivers from staying safe on the roads. There are many precautions older drivers can take to ensure they will reach their destination safely.
Having regular assessments of vision and hearing can give senior drivers confidence that their faculties are sharp and dependable. Routine medical appointments are also crucial so that any prescription or over-the-counter medication side effects like drowsiness can be discussed.
Additionally, older drivers can review the following safety tips before getting behind the wheel:
Older drivers may have chronic conditions such as arthritis that make turning the head while backing up and getting in and out of the car more difficult. Fortunately, several products are available that adapt the vehicle to suit the needs of older drivers.
Support handles and grab bars can be installed on the door frame to provide help entering and exiting the vehicle. There are also seat cushions that swivel 360 degrees to make getting in and out easier, enabling the driver or passenger to pivot their body to a comfortable angle. Seat belt extenders are great for adding length to a buckle receiver, making it easier to find and fasten.
For those with trouble gripping objects, consider a steering wheel cover that is larger, softer, and easier to grip. There is also a long-handled tool available that makes it easier to open tight gas caps.
Additional mirrors can improve rear visibility and eliminate blind spots for older drivers. There are panoramic rearview mirrors and smaller convex mirrors fastened to the corner of the vehicle’s side view mirrors. For older cars without backup cameras, some kits consisting of a camera for the rear license plate and a monitor that mounts to the dash or windshield can be installed.
Older drivers can also take one of the many driver accident prevention safety courses offered by AAA or their local driving school to stay safe on the road and further their confidence boost.
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