Do your loved ones enjoy driving? If so, it’s important to make sure that they’re physically healthy and fit to drive in order to prevent any accidents from occurring. We understand that some elderly may consider driving as part of their independence or find it therapeutic. However, driving can be extremely dangerous as it is an activity more than just looking out for road signs and adhering to traffic laws. There needs to be good hand-eye coordination at all times, which is a skill your loved ones may notice to have declined over the years. As such, we have provided a few driving tips for the elderly, so that they can drive safely and remain vigilant on the road.
First and foremost, your loved ones should look into their physical capabilities and make any appropriate adjustments. For example, if your loved ones aren’t able to see as clearly, they can get their hands on vehicles with larger dials on the dashboard, which allows for easier comprehension. Some people may even feel discomfort while gripping the steering wheel. If this is the case, your loved ones can purchase a cushion steering wheel cover to protect their hands. As everyone is different, discuss with your loved ones and see what troubles they are facing, before selecting a vehicle or changing up any details to better suit their needs and capabilities.
Have Frequent Hearing and Vision Test
Our eyes and ears are the two most crucial features when it comes to driving on the road. Considering that our ability to see and hear well tends to decline over the years, it’s recommended that your loved ones schedule vision and hearing tests every once in a while if they’re planning to drive occasionally. Impaired hearing is by far one of the most common issues faced by older adults, so make sure your loved ones are able to hear the sounds of an approaching vehicle. Vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration can make driving a challenge, be it during the day or night.
Understand the Effects of Certain Medications
Some medications, such as cold medications and sleeping pills can cause drowsiness, which can be detrimental to road safety. As such, your loved ones should be wary and conscious of the medications they’re consuming, and the side effects of each of them. They can also consult medical personnel or their respective doctors if they’re unsure. If your loved ones have taken the medications, they should practice responsibility by not driving and instead stay indoors. If there’s a need to travel for an errand or emergency, your loved ones can rely on transportation services like ride-hailing applications. At Discovery Village At The West End, residents do not have to worry about getting around as we have a complimentary transportation service, carried out by our team of professional chauffeurs.
Stay Physically Active
This should be a no-brainer. For loved ones who are keen to continue driving, they should improve or maintain their physical health in order to be strong and flexible. Motions such as turning the steering wheel, looking over your shoulder, and even getting in and out of the car require loved ones to be fit. As such, your loved ones can consider taking up fitness activities such as aerobics, stretching, and strength training exercises.