Driving in old age might be a risk if you are undergoing physical and behavioral changes. But you can minimize the risks, and still continue to drive by practicing some safety tips.
Before you leave your home
- Plan your route only on those roads and streets which you are familiar with.
- Drive on routes on which traffic is normal or sparse. Avoid jammed roads and peak hours. Also avoid roads which have risky turns, blind spots or ramps.
- Go to places that are close to your home. Don’t let your trip exceed for more than an hour or two.
- If the weather is bad, you may want to keep some extra time for travelling.
- If your vision is getting impaired, do not drive at night.
- Avoid driving at all, if you are stressed or tired.
When you are behind the wheel
- Wear a seatbelt at all times.
- Turn off your cell phone or keep it in silent mode. Do not use it at all when driving.
- Keep away from distractions of all kinds. Don’t listen to the radio or have conversations with your fellow passengers.
- Drive such that there is ample amount of space between your car and the cars ahead and behind you. Generally, this space should be sufficient to accommodate two cars. Leave even some more space if your speed is high or weather conditions aren’t so good.
- Make sure that your back window is absolutely clean and clear; you can use a defroster for this purpose.
- If you are driving at night, be sure to turn on your headlights.
- Stay absolutely focused during the drive. Don’t let your attention waver here and there.
So follow these tips, and ensure safe driving!