Stockton Senior Driving Tips

Stockton Senior Driving Tips

Stockton Car Accident Lawyer Discusses Senior Driving

Stockton Senior Driving Tips

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, nearly 36 million individuals 65 and older across the nation still had their driver’s license. While driving allows these folks to maintain their independence, they run the risk of injury or even death in an accident due to their age. During 2012, more than 214,000 seniors were hurt in accidents while 5,560 others lost their lives. The following Stockton senior driving tips can help keep an elderly family member or friend safe when behind the wheel.

Age and Driving

Is there an age when a person should stop driving? Look at different motor skills and make a decision based on the person instead of basing it on age. While this varies according to the person, the data shows that once a person turns 70, fatalities in accidents skyrocket. Affected abilities include flexibility, coordination and strength. Slower reaction times mean that the driver can’t respond as quickly in an emergency.

Safety Tips for Drivers over 65

The following safety tips can help keep drivers who are over 65 safe when they are on the road:

  • Have your vision and hearing checked annually. Keep lights clean and brightness at a comfortable level to help you see. Use your hearing aid when driving.
  • Check with your doctor to see if any of your medications will affect your ability to drive.
  • Get enough sleep each night and do not drive if you are overtired, stressed or not feeling well.
  • Know yourself and your personal limits. You might need to stop driving at night or stay off the freeway, instead taking surface streets.
  • Keep up with vehicle maintenance and repairs.
  • Pick a car that suits you, preferably one with automatic transmission, power brakes and power steering.
  • Drive defensively, paying extra attention during rush hour or at an intersection.

Concerns about Unsafe Driving

If you are concerned about a loved one’s driving as he or she ages, watch for the following issues:

  • Vision and hearing problems – If a driver struggles to see lights or traffic signs, accident risks increase. Similarly, someone who is hard of hearing won’t be able to hear horns or sirens.
  • Problems with overall driving skills – Swerving on the road, failing to use turn signals, braking for no reason and similar behaviors are a cause for concern.
  • Memory loss – Memory loss could mean a loss of other cognitive abilities.
  • Response time – Delayed reactions can lead to dangerous situations on the road.

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