While everyone ages differently, and it is often said that 70 is the new 50, when looking at the new generation of aging adults, there are still age-related issues that may need to be considered, such as:
- Stiff joints including neck pain that may prevent you from turning your head properly to look both directions at intersections, or over your shoulder when changing lanes.
- Knee or ankle pain that may prevent you from moving your foot from the gas to the brake pedal as quickly as you should.
- Neck or shoulder pain may prevent you from having the flexibility necessary to turn the steering wheel efficiently.
- Impaired vision can be an issue in the day or night.
- Impaired hearing may prevent hearing warning signals.
- Reduced sensory perceptions when multiple events are occurring all at once, such as, cars turning onto highway or main thoroughfares from side streets, pedestrians crossing, cars making sudden turns, or stopping without warning in front of you, etc.
- Medications that may cause drowsiness or slow your reaction time.
Safety Tips for Older Drivers:
- Have your vision checked at least once a year; more often if you notice changes in your vision, and especially if you begin to realize that you have difficulty seeing at night.
- Have your hearing checked once per year.
- Have an annual physical, and discuss all medications, and how they may impair your driving with your doctor.
- Exercise as much and as often as possible, including strength training exercises. You will be amazed by your feeling of youthfulness, and your flexibility.
- Stay hydrated which means you should drink water throughout the day regardless of whether you feel thirsty or not. Our minds and other organs function more efficiently if we are well hydrated.
- Get enough sleep even if it means you must take a nap sometime during the day. Never start out on a trip feeling tired.
Contact Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert in Hallandale for questions you have regarding an accident involving an older driver.