Safe Driving Tips for Seniors over 60
From changes to their vision to managing a chronic medical condition or two, many adults over the age of 60 are unable to drive themselves anymore. Many of these elders turn to senior care providers to help transport them to whatever appointments or locations they need to go.
If your loved one is still capable of driving, there are several save driving tips that will keep the elder and other drivers safe while your loved one is behind the wheel.
- Drive during the day. Once the sun goes down, the elder’s ability to see the road becomes diminished. This inability to see very far in front of them could put them at an increased risk of getting in an accident, especially when the road conditions are unfavorable. Encourage your loved one to drive during daylight hours to prevent this from happening.
- Stay safe at intersections. Intersections can be especially dangerous for older adults. In fact, many drivers of various ages are in accidents for failing to yield at an intersection, causing them to hit another vehicle. The elder should look both ways to make sure the roads are clear before continuing on.
- Wear glasses with small frames. These days, glasses with wide frames are trendy and a popular choice among children and seniors alike. However, they can also be dangerous for older adults with vision trouble. This is because the frame could be blocking some of their peripheral vision, making it difficult for them to see any vehicles around them. If possible, the elder should try to wear glasses with small frames that allow them to easily see all sides of their car.
- Take a driving course. Driving courses are not only available for teenagers, but are also available to older adults. These courses will teach your loved one how to become more defensive when behind the wheel, while also helping them brush up on all of the rules of the road. If the elder does have a physical ailment that could affect their driving, like having a stiff neck that can’t turn easily, these courses will teach the elder how to drive despite these obstacles.
Driving will continue giving your loved one the freedom they crave as long as they do it safely. However, if you are concerned that your parent is a hazard on the road, have an honest conversation about it, letting them know what your concerns are. It will be a difficult conversation to have, but one that has to be had.