If you are a senior person, you may already know that you have trouble driving at night or in the rain. Some senior drivers experience difficulties when traveling on certain roads or congested highways. Take into account the following advice from senior care experts in our senior living facility to help you choose safe driving options.
Consult Your Doctor: Discuss with your doctor if you have any worries about your health or ability to drive.
Be Physically Active: Your strength and flexibility will be maintained and even increased as a result, which could aid your driving.
Consider Your Car: Drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering, and large mirrors. A backup camera can help with parking and backing up, and newer cars come with various sensors that can warn a driver of an approaching vehicle before an accident happens.
Take Care Of Your Ears And Eyes: If you require glasses or contact lenses to see clearly, always wear them. If you use hearing aids, do not forget to wear them while driving.
Do Not Crowd: When you need to stop, leave plenty of space between your car and the vehicle in front of you and begin braking early.
Make A Route Plan: Find a route that requires few or no left turns and use the streets you are familiar with. Pick a route that stays away from highways and other fast roads. If you must travel on a busy highway, stay in the right lane, where the flow of traffic is slower.
Avoid Driving At Certain Times Of The Day: If you have problems seeing at night, reduce or stop your nighttime driving. Avoid driving a motor vehicle during sunrise and sunset when the sun may be directly in your line of vision.
Check In With Yourself: If you feel dizzy or sleepy, don’t drive. Verify any warnings on your prescriptions. Also, avoid driving if you are exhausted or stressed.
Use Seat Belts: Always buckle up, and make sure all of your passengers do as well.
Avoid Distractions: Distractions include talking, eating, adjusting the radio, etc. If you must use your cellphone while you are driving (for navigation, for instance), do it hands-free.
Use Window Defrosters: Using window defrosters will aid in maintaining clean windows and windshields.
Don’t Go Out When In Doubt: Anyone who drives may find it challenging to do so in poor weather conditions like rain, ice, or snow. Use alternative transportation such as buses, taxis, or ridesharing services, or wait until the weather is better.