This is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week!
As our loved ones age, they go through many changes both physically and mentally. Aging loved ones may increasingly need more help around the house, more help with daily tasks, and even more help to be safe drivers. During the week of December 7-11, Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, elderly adults and their caregivers are encouraged to think about ways to be safer while out on the road. This week is a great time for elderly adults and their caregivers to review some safe driving tips like these:
Some medications have side-effects that can make it more difficult for elderly adults to drive safely. In fact, elderly adults can even be pulled over and charged with impaired driving if medications they are taking are making their driving unsafe. Caregivers can check the labels to make sure that there aren’t any warnings against driving while taking certain medications.
Avoid Driving During Bad Weather
This is especially important during the winter months. When the roads are snowy and icy, elderly adults should avoid driving. It is also important to check weather reports online or on T.V. so you know when bad weather is coming.
Get Regular Eye Exams
Elderly adults should not skip their regular eye exams. Driving with poor vision is extremely dangerous but it can certainly be avoided when elderly adults listen to their eye doctor’s advice. It is important for elderly adults to wear their glasses with the most up to date prescription and get treatment for eye conditions such as cataracts.
Distracted driving is the cause of many accidents today. While it is a good idea to have a cellphone in the car in case of emergencies, it is best to avoid using it while driving. If it must be used to make a call or check a map, elderly adults should pull over and park in a safe place first.
Drowsy Driving is Impaired Driving
Elderly adults should avoid driving when tired. It is possible to fall asleep behind the wheel, which puts the driver, passengers and others on the road at risk.
Maintain a Safe Vehicle
Getting routine maintenance done on your car can also help promote safety on the road. Tires that have lost their traction should be replaced and tires should be regularly rotated. Airbags and other safety features may also need to be checked by a professional periodically. Windshield wiper blades do not last forever, but being able to see out of the windshield during any type of weather is essential. Remember to replace them as soon as you notice that they are worn out.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in the New Haven Area, please call and speak to the caring staff at Talem Home Care. Call today at (203) 590-9099.