Senior drivers are more likely to be injured or killed when they get into an accident. Physical decline as a result of the aging process makes them more vulnerable to injury and reduces their recuperative capacity when they suffer serious injury. Because the stakes are higher for senior drivers, it is important that they take steps to avoid an Orange car accident.
Avoid Driving When Conditions Are Unsafe
Driving when the roads are slippery or when visibility is poor should be avoided. This means driving at night, during foggy conditions, during storms, and during peak traffic hours. Stay on quiet roads whenever possible.
Exercise On A Regular Basis
Exercise improves muscle strength, flexibility, increases bone density, and improves blood circulation. These make you more adept at the wheel and less injury prone. Improved blood circulation increases brain function and alertness.
Know Your Route
Using maps or adjusting your GPS device while driving is dangerous to do at any age because it is a form of distraction. Bring a companion if the route is complex and unfamiliar. This person can act as the navigator while you do the driving. Drive in familiar areas whenever you can.
See Your Doctor Regularly
Get regular checkups with your doctor and have your eyes examined at least once a year. Make sure that your prescription and over-the-counter medications will not affect your driving by consulting with your doctor.
Make Adjustments That Accommodate Your Limitations
There are a number of assistive accessories available for seniors that include swivel seat cushions, glare shields, safety mirrors that eliminate blind spots, seat belt handles that facilitate buckling up, seat belt strap adjusters, arthritis aids, and many others. Do not use anything home made because these may slide around or behave in unexpected ways. Use approved commercial items that have been road tested.
Consider buying a car that is easier to drive. Cars vary in their ease of use. Automatic transmissions are easier to use than stick shifts and some cars have easier to read gauges on their dashboards. Do extensive online research on “best cars for seniors” before getting your next car.
Keep Your Driving Skills Up To Date
There are a number of driving refresher courses available for seniors. These can be found through online research or through community education programs.
If you or a senior in your family has suffered injury in an accident, we at Silverthorne Attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.