Keeping Seniors Safe on the Road

by | Aug 31, 2020

December 2 to 6 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Given 18% of all traffic fatalities are people who are 65 years of age or older, it is important to learn about senior safety on the road

Changes Influencing Seniors on the Road

Given how experienced most of them are as drivers, it can be hard for seniors to accept there are safety concerns about their driving. It’s important for them to know this isn’t because they are “bad drivers.” Age-related changes that affect driving for seniors include:

  • Limited vision or hearing
  • Decreased reaction time, judgment, or attention due to health conditions
  • Weakness when operating a steering wheel, brakes, etc.
  • Memory loss that leads to getting lost or confused
  • Medications that impair judgment and reaction times

Night-time driving exacerbates the effects of these changes on senior safety as well.

Increasing Driver Safety for Seniors

Encourage seniors to increase their safety on the road with these tips.

  • Stay active to maintain flexibility and strength
  • Make sure brakes, steering wheel, and seats function smoothly
  • Drive at times of day with good visibility
  • Keep up to date on vision and hearing checks
  • Use adaptors like extra mirrors

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Lorna MacMillan, President & Founder

Lorna MacMillan is the President and Founder of Parkwood Home Care. Lorna is a thought leader in the areas of Adult Ageing, Psychology and Adult Education . Through years of experience with seniors, individuals disabilities and a strong passion for helping others, Lorna was able to create Parkwood Home Care into the care service it is today.