As people age, driving becomes more challenging. It’s an unavoidable fact that as age increases, reaction time slows down. Additionally, eyesight tends to weaken with age, as does hearing, and concentration can sometimes be more difficult as well. This doesn’t mean that seniors can’t drive safely, but it does mean that they need to take extra care and some precaution when driving. Senior drivers can acknowledge and practice this series of tips to better guarantee safer circumstances while navigating the road.
1) Wear glasses
The first thing that any senior should consider when operating a vehicle of any sort is whether or not their vision is sufficient for safe driving. Drivers of any age should always make sure their prescriptions are current as well as accurate. Never operate a vehicle without proper eyewear, if applicable, and always make sure to keep contacts or prescription glasses free of dirt, dust, and other debris. Seniors who do not wear glasses can also ensure safer vision by adjusting seats and mirrors to comfortable positions and keeping all windows clean. Eye exams, on average, are administered every one to two years at least. If you feel that your vision has changed, then it is important to schedule an appointment with an optometrist as soon as possible.
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