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Safe Driving Tips and Statistics for Seniors

Although opinions may vary, it’s widely agreed that driving is a privilege, not a right. Many elderly drivers feel that taking away their freedom to drive is like taking away their right to a warm meal. It’s a difficult for a family to make the decision to take away a loved one’s keys, but they’re not just making that decision for the safety of the one they love, but for the safety of everyone on the road.

Driving Statistics for Senior Citizens
If you’re over 65, you’re more likely to be injured in an auto accident than a person who is younger. Seniors also have a higher rate of running stop signs, not yielding the right of way, making unsafe lane changes and turns, and being involved in multiple car accidents. There’s no doubt that these statistics are unsettling and that they need to be taken seriously.
The Driving Ability of Older Adults Can Be Affected By Their Health Issues
It’s not uncommon for the health issues of seniors to impair their driving at some point. This is why periodic vision and hearing exams are a good idea. Keeping hearing aids and glasses updated can be the deciding factor in preventing an accident.

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Other conditions that may cause an accident are:
-Lack of proper sleep
-Medications that can cause impaired behavior
-Inability to see at night
-Loss of mobility
-Dementia

Seniors who are unsure about their ability to drive should seek medical advice from their doctors. Also, many assisted living facilities offer free transportation services for their residents should one make the decision to relinquish their driving privilege.

Elderly Defensive Driving Courses
Defensive driving courses are available for seniors to brush up on their skills and to learn new safety rules. Some of the subjects that can be covered in defensive driving course are:
-How to compensate for hearing, vision, and slow reaction problems
-Proper driving etiquette for the road
-Use of safety devices
-Knowing where the blind spots in your car are located
-Eliminating distractions
By practicing safe driving habits, senior citizens can avoid become driving statistics. Not only do defensive driving courses lower one’s risks on the road, they may even lower car insurance costs.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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