A publication by the Auto Safety Alliance
|Volume 1||November 1997||Issue 1|
you know that the facilities necessary for safe driving such as vision,
reflexes, flexibility, and hearing begin to deteriorate around the age
of 55, with even a greater loss after 75? Yes, growing older is inevitable.
It happens to everyone, but older drivers don't have to take it lying down.
Being aware of the problems and compensating for them is half the battle.
Eyes change with age. They lose the ability to focus quickly.
Peripheral vision narrows and the retina becomes less sensitive to light.
Compensate by getting regular eye exams; if you have trouble with night
driving, limit your driving to daytime hours. Turn your head frequently
to compensate for diminished peripheral vision. Add a larger rearview mirror.
Try and keep distraction to a minimum.
Fitness is another way to ensure your competence at driving. Physical activity is needed to keep a person strong and flexible for those quick reactions needed while driving. Staying mentally active is a good tool. Keep your mind alert and flexible. Learning a new skill or doing jigsaw puzzles sharpens the mind.
Medication and driving
To be a safe driver, paying attention to road conditions and your own body changes is essential. A person's chronological age is not a good predictor of driving ability. What counts on the road is performance.