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3 essential road safety tips for older adults

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2022 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

It is not pleasant to admit, but you are likely to experience vision impairments and slower reaction time as you age. This can affect your driving style and render certain normally-acceptable behaviors unsafe.

To protect yourself from a devastating car crash, it is important to keep road safety constantly in mind when behind the wheel. By incorporating a few new tips into your driving habits, you will be able to have peace of mind every time you drive for many years to come.

1. Practice defensive driving

Defensive driving is a methodology for prioritizing the avoidance of accidents, rather than simply getting to your destination as quickly as possible. Some easy defensive driving habits you can adopt include staying in the right-hand lane, leaving space between yourself and the car in front of you, and avoiding distractions while operating your vehicle.

2. Keep your windshields clean

Older individuals with vision impairments are susceptible to higher glare sensitivity. You should regularly clean both the inside and outside of your windshields to remove smudges that can increase glare.

3. Avoid driving when visibility is poor

Young drivers often pay little heed to changes in visibility when driving. For drivers with poor vision, hitting the road at nighttime or when there is heavy precipitation can be a disastrous decision.

Everyone who chooses to operate a vehicle has the responsibility to consider the safety of themselves and everyone with whom they share the road. For older adults, this often means changing your driving style just a bit in order to ensure that you reach your destination every time.