It’s normal for our driving habits and abilities to change as we get older. Weaker eyesight, slower reflexes, impaired hearing and driving stamina all are common factors which could result in quite a bang-up for older drivers. And, let’s face it, with osteoporosis, most of us will be getting shorter. Heck, I can barely see over the steering wheel as it is. So, at around the age of 63, my insurance rates will go up and I’ll be getting shorter? I should just do myself in right now.
There are a variety of measures that elderly drivers can take to continue enjoying their driving independence. A good way to brush up on your driving is to take a defensive driving course. A good refresher course, no matter how many hours or decades you have logged behind the wheel is always a good idea. Having periodic physicals, having your eyes and hearing checked and maintaining your meds are also imperative to keeping you on the road. Anyone who does not feel comfortable driving in heavy traffic or at high speeds, should stay off of the freeway and take alternate routes. No matter your age, a timid driver is unsafe for everyone.
Elderly drivers fear a loss of independence when they are told they can no longer drive. But there is a positive side to not driving. Public transportation is much less expensive than car payments, upkeep and insurance. Plus, it’s a good way to meet new people. Think of it as a kind of like E-Harmony on wheels. Walking is also beneficial for health and stamina.
One positive factor associated with elderly drivers is, most do not embrace technology. So, the chances of having an elderly person texting their BFF while driving? Not gonna happen!
Until next week…
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Older Drivers – Comedy Defensive Driving