How Elderly Drivers Can Contribute to Unsafe Driving Conditions
From the time we get our first driver's license as teenagers, we love the freedom that driving affords us. We can drive down the street to buy groceries, or drive across the country to visit our family if the mood strikes us. Unfortunately, as we get older, it can be hard to let go of that freedom we have enjoyed for so many years. Many elderly individuals don't want to give up the keys to their car because it means admitting defeat and losing part of their ability to take care of themselves. However, it's important for all of us to realize that as we age, our ability to drive safely diminishes, and it's no longer just about our pride—it's about the safety of everyone on the road.
When considering if an older person is able to drive anymore, we tend to only look at whether or not they're suffering from dementia of any kind or whether or not they're able to walk easily. Obviously, you do not want someone driving if they are not able to think clearly or move around well, but other things can contribute to making older drivers dangerous on the road:
- Vision problems. Many older drivers have issues with their eyes, and even if they can see fairly well with glasses, they may have trouble seeing at nighttime.
- Medications. It is not uncommon for elderly folks to be on several different medications at any given time. Some of these medications may come with side effects that can impact their ability to focus on driving safely.
- Arthritis. This is an extremely common ailment for older people, and it can affect their ability to react quickly on the road.
Getting older can be tough, but it's up to us to make responsible decisions and think of the safety of all other drivers and passengers on the road.
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