Senior citizens can feel very frustrated when others try to take their driver privileges away – and for understandable reasons. After all, being able to drive themselves is a freedom they do not want taken away. That said, it can be dangerous for seniors to drive. With more cars, aggressive drivers, and more distracted drivers than ever before, it can be downright treacherous.
Keep reading to learn about some tips that can help senior drivers avoid car accidents. For seniors who are injured in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Staying Active Helps
First and foremost, seniors should stay active. As a person ages, their reaction times get slower, which can be a dangerous situation for an elderly driver. It takes longer to hit the brakes, and even turning their head to look for oncoming traffic can take longer.
However, when a senior citizen stays active, they can keep their strength and flexibility up. This helps them better see oncoming traffic, more easily turn the steering wheel, and to react faster when an emergency situation comes up. Staying active can be nothing more than taking a walk around the block each day.
Regular Visits with the Doctor Are Important
In some cases, a senior citizen many not realize they have a health condition that makes them unsafe on the roads. This is just one reason they should see their doctor on a regular basis. This is especially true of the eye doctor – they should have regular exams to ensure their vision is sufficient. If a senior does have health issues that affect their driving, their doctor may be able to recommend personalized advice on how to stay safe while driving.
It Is Essential for Senior Drivers to Know Their Limits
In some cases, senior citizens are so determined to keep their driving privileges that they will continue driving as though they are still at the prime of their life. This can actually have the opposite effect they want. After all, which person would the average person more likely feel comfortable driving behind: An elderly person who only drives at night and on sideroads, or an elderly person who drives at all times, day or night, even though they know they can’t see well at night?
Call a Personal Injury Attorney if You or a Loved One Has Been Injured in an Accident
If you or a loved one are injured in an accident, then it is worth contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. Through our work on elder abuse cases, we are familiar with the unique needs of our senior citizens. Call us today and we will get you started with a free, no-pressure consultation.