How to stay safe on the roads as a senior citizen

by | Jul 31, 2020 | Car Accidents

Getting older has many benefits, from expanding your family to taking time for yourself. However, there are also is more hazards as you get older. It makes sense that you have to take more precautions to ensure you and your loved ones are safe all the time, including on the roads.

Four driving tips for seniors

There are a few additional ways that older drivers can ensure they make it safely to their next destination, such as:

  • Setting down your phone – Cellphones aren’t only a distractor for teen drivers. Most seniors admit to looking or talking on their phones while driving. It’s better if senior drivers can either tuck away their phones until their final location or implement hands-free equipment. It will minimize distractions if you familiarize yourself with the equipment beforehand.
  • Staying on top of checkups – Senior drivers have to worry about how their physical health affects their driving abilities. They need to attend regular checkups for their hearing and sight to ensure that you, or your loved ones, can navigate the highway without any issues.
  • Know potential side-effects – Most senior residents take medications in some form, whether it’s for short-term viruses, pain management or major diseases. However, each medication causes different side-effects, such as sleepiness and grogginess. You need to consult with a doctor before driving and taking any medication to prevent any issues.
  • Pay attention to conditions – Whether it’s snow, rain or construction, road conditions can be particularly challenging for senior drivers as they need to stay on high alert to navigate roads with impaired vision or hearing. The best way to ensure your stay safe is to drive when it’s appropriate or find a ride if the conditions are less than ideal.

Don’t let getting older hold you back. You can still travel safely as long as you take the right precautions to protect yourself or your loved ones on the road.

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