Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

As older age approaches, driving can become more difficult. According to the California Highway Patrol, the older driver population in California is nearing 2.9 million. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be over four million Californians age 65 and older.

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Below are some helpful tips for senior drivers to keep in mind.

Get routine health check-ups

Having routine doctor appointments is important not only for your health, but it also allows you the opportunity to check in with your physician to see if you are in a position to continue driving. In addition to routine doctor appointments, having regular vision and hearing tests is equally as important, as vision and hearing is relied on heavily for driving. Driving at night can also pose challenges for many senior drivers, so you’ll want to make sure your eye health is in a good state. If you’re unsure of how often you should have your vision or hearing checked, consult with your physician.

Maintain a healthy physical state

Staying physically active is key to maintaining flexibility. In addition, keeping any long-term or chronic conditions under control is also important for driving safety. Some chronic conditions, such as diabetes, can affect the eyes and many other body systems. Consult with your doctor to see if it still safe for you to drive if you have any chronic conditions. Don’t drive if you take any medications that cause drowsiness.

Have a plan

Relying on memory alone may cause undue frustration, so be sure to review your driving route beforehand. If you have a medical condition that requires you to eat snacks and drink fluids often throughout the day, be sure to keep a steady supply ready in your vehicle before you head out on the road. If you ever become overwhelmed or experience driver fatigue, remember that you can always pull over and take a break. Have a list of emergency contacts ready that you can call if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel you are no longer able to drive.

Keep the conversation lines open

If you feel driving is becoming more difficult for you, have a conversation with your physician. It may also be helpful to keep the communication lines open regarding your ability to drive with family members and/or close friends for emotional support.

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