As people age, driving can become more difficult. However, that doesn’t always mean the older adult has to give up driving altogether. Instead, there may be steps they can take to be safer drivers, preventing injury to themselves and others on the road.
Below are 5 driver safety tips for older adults.
#1: Talk to the Doctor About Medicines
Many older adults use more than one prescription medication. Some side effects of medications can affect their ability to drive. They may cause drowsiness or affect their ability to concentrate on the road. Seniors should talk to their doctors about the medications they take and whether there are others that don’t cause side effects. Also, the doctor may suggest certain restrictions concerning driving that can keep the older adult safer.
#2: Take a Refresher Course
It has been decades since your aging relative was taught to drive. Things have changed since then as have their abilities because of age. Enrolling in a refresher course for older drivers can help them to update their skills. Some car insurance companies even offer a discount for those who take the class. Your aging relative may be able to find a refresher course through local organizations that assist seniors or through a community education program.
#3: Drive Only When Conditions Are Good
Age slows reaction time and changes in vision can make driving under certain conditions even harder. The older adult should avoid driving when visibility is poor due to rain, snow, or fog. They may also need to drive only during daytime hours. If road conditions are poor due to things like ice or snow, they should avoid driving. In addition to driving conditions, they should also consider their own condition before driving. If they are feeling tired or they know they have trouble seeing at certain times of the day, they should not drive.
#4: Stay Active
Physical activity helps to keep muscles strong and joints mobile, which translates to better driving abilities. When muscles are weak or joints are stiff, the senior may be unable to turn the steering wheel quickly or step on the brake quickly if needed. Older adults should try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day on 5 or more days of the week.
#5: Consider Senior Care
If you are concerned that your aging relative should no longer drive, consider hiring senior care. Senior care providers can drive older adults to the places they need or want to go, such as the grocery store or their place of worship. Senior care providers can even drive them to see friends, like to a weekly meeting at a local café for coffee. By scheduling senior care, your aging relative can continue to do things on their own schedule rather than having to wait for family members or friends to be able to give them a ride.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Royal Oak, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today.
Call (248) 274-2170.