It has been discussed many times before that in UK Driver, and Vehicle Licensing Agency keeps strict eyes on the drivers’ age and the ability to drive before issuing a new license or renewing the older. Though, it is seen many times that most of the elderly people are negligent about the health issues like diabetes, heart conditions or any other age-related disabilities they need to mention to licensing authority. But it is no doubt important to do so. It is not so that aging makes the total loss of driving ability of an individual, but it limits to some extent. On the other hand, it does not mean one needs to stop driving with aging. But a few wise alterations can make it easier to drive safe on the road. Modifying the car, altering the way of driving, understanding and improving health issues may help in safe driving even at an old age.
Take Care Of Health
If anyone is very much attached with driving and can’t think to drive a car their own, should be extra careful about health. Regular check-ups are vital for those to keep themselves in the best probable way to drive safe.
- Firstly, eyesight is most important to drive properly. So, an older driver must go for eye check-up every year. If needed, they must wear latest corrective lenses. One must keep mirrors, windshield, and headlights, clear to get a crystal clear view.
- Secondly, it is hearing. An annual hearing check-up is also very important. If a doctor prescribes hearing aids, then the driver must follow the same and wear it while driving for sure. As dirt can reduce the effectiveness of the hearing aids, be careful while opening window glass.
- Thirdly, good sleep is also very important. It is a common problem among elderly people to suffer from insomnia. So, one must consult a doctor in such case. If one suffers from sleeplessness, then they lack energy, stamina and also attentiveness during driving, which may cause fatal road accident anytime.
Know The Restrictions
When a person is an older driver, he/she first need to admit it. Aging and consequences of aging – both are unavoidable. So, one need to accept the limitations they face due to aging. If any particular driving situation makes the driver feel uncomfortable, they must not try it. For that reason, many older drivers by preference make changes in their driving styles. It is often seen that older drivers having eyesight problem prefer driving during the daylight. Some of them also pick street routes instead of highways, bypasses to avoid heavy vehicles, traffic. It is also common for older people to avoid driving in bad weather condition as well.
Find The Right Car
For older drivers, it is often suggested to choose such a vehicle which has extra control and easy maintenance. A car with automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes is a good pick for older drivers for safe driving. Regular maintenance, mainly of the windows, rear glasses, headlights are very important. Only a careful driving can make a road trip safer.