Every person wants to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Very few people like to rely on others for their needs, especially when it comes to transportation. As we age, driving can become more dangerous due to declining vision and cognitive function.
If you are a senior, or you are wondering how to keep your elderly relative safe on the roads, this article is for you. Read on to discover how to stay safe as you transport yourself around town.
Seniors at Risk
Statistics tallied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that there is an increased rate of fatal crashes once people hit the age of 70. The incidents continue to rise with age, and the highest rate of fatalities occurs among those drivers who are 85 and older. Surprisingly, these accidents are not attributed to a declining ability to drive safely, but to the heightened risk of injury and medical complications among the elderly.
While vision impairments and decreased cognitive function are not a cause of death, they are reasons for a decline in the driving abilities of some Americans. Of those seniors that die in auto accidents, males are more highly represented than females.
Steps to Take
Senior drivers should operate their vehicles only in optimal conditions. This includes avoiding driving during rain or snow storms, and only driving during daylight hours.
Always review prescription medications and any supplements taken with a doctor. Some of these things can cause side effects that have a negative impact on one’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
Plan a route ahead of time and use a GPS when there is a tendency to get confused or lost. Planning a route helps avoid any wrong turns.
Distracted driving is dangerous for people of any age. Avoid using a smartphone, eating, listening to loud music, or any performing any other activity which impairs the ability to keep both eyes on the road.
Elderly drivers should arrange for alternative transportation when driving themselves poses a danger to themselves or others. Rides from friends or family and public transportation are excellent options.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, you may have a right to compensation. Contact our offices as soon as possible to discuss your case. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to review your case and give you advice. First consultations are always free. Call now.