A must list elderly drivers need to make sure before taking the wheel

Updated Jul 20, 2019 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!

Seniors deserve a fair spot on the road. Here are some friendly tips from Philkotse.com to help seniors drive comfortably.

Getting older doesn’t mean the end of the persons' driving days. However, it does require seniors to evaluate and improve a safe driving record.  The capability of some elders to drive a vehicle may decline as they grow old, but doesn't always imply that all of them are unfit to drive.

It is critical that the government stays impartial in allowing seniors to keep driving, as long as they are regarded as fit to drive by a doctor. Being a senior does not mean that you don’t have responsibilities.

However, it doesn't imply that you should stay and sit at home. Many seniors are enjoying their independence when it comes to mobility like driving.

There are a couple of safety measures that you should take to ensure that nobody can say that you don't have a place on the road. Know more about safe driving tips for senior brought to you by Philkotse.com.

elder driving a car

A lot of elders are still capable of driving a car

1. Refresh your driver’s education

Driving education can play a role in helping you to stay safe on the road. You might have your license a long time ago, and the rules of the road have changed.

Here in the Philippines, driving courses for seniors is not too popular, but you can ask a family member or a friend who also drives to help you take refresher courses.

senior citizen driving

Take refresher courses or enroll in a driving school for your safety

>>> Read more: Essential safe driving tips for elder drivers in the Philippines.

2. See your doctor regularly

Our eyes and ears that we once depended on consistently start to change or fade as we age. Vision issues like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, makes it hard for you to see clearly and make it particularly hard to drive during the evening.

Impaired hearing can also influence your capacity to hear approaching traffic.

elderly driving

Make sure that you have been checked by doctors frequently

For example, like the ambulance or the honking horns of the other vehicles that are warning you for an impending accident. It's better to check with your specialist on how frequently your vision and hearing should be checked.

As you grow old, your posture changed

There has been a significant loss of muscle over numerous decades, which makes your movements quite difficult as compared to when you were younger. Poor posture can affect your ability to see the road ahead or the other vehicles around you.

You can put a cushion or a pillow on your seat so that you are sitting high enough to see the road ahead.

comfy driving

Comfortable driving is important at all times

Side effects of your medication

In case you're dealing with the condition that requires prescription medication, ask your doctor for any side effects. You can also read the label for any alerts or warnings.

If there are no warnings stated but still you feel that your mobility is affected, get in touch with your doctor right away. Your doctor may encourage you to look for another means of transportation while on medication.

>>> Also check: Top 5 best vehicles for old people in the Philippines in 2019.

Maintain a regular exercise routine

Keeping your body physically active is the ideal approach to fight off the effects of aging. If you are physically active, it makes your body, mainly your flexibility perform at its peak. Moreover, your strength will enable you to keep driving as long as you want to.

old people are driving

Keeping your body physically active is the ideal approach to fight off the effects of aging

There are many exercises for seniors to keep you going like walking and dancing. It can also help you with your balance and coordination, which is very important in driving.

Make sure that you have adequate rest before driving

Remember that seniors sleep a lot and rest often. If you are driving, make sure that you are well-rested.  Being tired can affect your memory and vision especially if you don’t have enough sleep. If possible get another means of transportation or ask someone to drive for you if you.

drowsy driver

Drowsy driving can be very risky- make sure that you are well-rested

3. Recognize your limitations

Before driving it is essential for you to know your body's' limit. For instance, if your hands hurt while holding the steering wheel, you can buy a softcover that will make driving more efficiently for you.

You may visit a physical therapist who can advise you to use assistive devices that can help you overcome your condition. Avoid driving if a situation makes you uncomfortable.

The old is driving

Before driving it is essential for you to know your body's' limit

Do not drive at night when you are having difficulty with your vision. Avoid driving on expressways or any busy road that has fast-moving traffic. Avoid driving if there is heavy rain, or if the temperature is too hot.

>>> Worth your attention: 5 Best Car Insurance Policies for Seniors of 2019.

4. Choose the right car for you

Choose the right car that best suits your needs. For instance, vehicles that have bigger dials on the dashboard are popular with older drivers.

car for the old

Choose the right car that best suits your needs

Furthermore, some more up to date models offer safety features that can help you avoid getting into accidents, assist you in switching lanes and so much more. Keep your vehicle in excellent working condition by having regular maintenance. Always keep the windshield, windows, and headlights clean.

5. Remain focused

When driving, it is essential to remain focused on the road at times. Avoid distractions such as noisy passengers, blaring radio or music, or turn off your cellphone. Avoid eating while on the wheel as this can also divert your attention.

6. Emergency numbers

You never know when an emergency will come up. Make sure to keep a list of easily accessible contact numbers on your phone.  It would be helpful if you have a printed copy of essential phone numbers inside your bag and car at all times.

telephone in cars

Make sure to keep a list of easily accessible contact numbers on your phone

7. Park in a convenient space

When you park your car, make sure that you know where to find it after. Getting lost in the parking lot can happen to anyone. However, there is a high probability with older people struggling to find their car when they are about to go home.

Check for signs or markings if you are parking in a big parking area. If possible write it down or take a picture.

parking lot

Choose a parking space that is accessible and easy to remember