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Safe Driving Seniors
Nursing Clinical Manager, Porter Hills Home Care
June celebrates National Safety Month. Awareness is key in being safe and healthy. A topic that should be discussed with care is elderly drivers and their safety. Many children begin to worry about their parents’ driving skills as they age.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal crashes increase starting at age 75 and notably after the age of 80. An average of 500 elderly adults are injured in the United States in car crashes daily.
How do you discuss this very sensitive issue?
- Hold a family Meeting.
- Have a one-on-one with your parents.
- Bring options like alternative forms of transportation to the conversation.
- Have their primary physician bring up the topic.
Many elderly adults may feel like they are losing a part of their independence. Different options of transportation can keep your parents feeling independent and maintaining their lifestyle.
What are some good safety tips for elderly drivers?
- Encourage taking a driving refresher course at your local Secretary of State office. The instructor will watch to see if driving skills are still sharp.
- If you feel comfortable ask them to take you for a ride. Then you can evaluate their driving skills.
Make sure they have all corrected vision adjustment that they may need.
- If they wear eye glasses, make sure the prescription is up to date.
- Adjust the driver’s seat to make sure they are no obstructions in their way of seeing the road in front of them clearly.
- Keep all mirrors, taillights, and head lights clean from debris.
Some indications that your loved one should give up the car keys could be illness, medications that impair driving, and factors of aging. Explore your options and have these important discussion in order to keep your loved ones safe and healthy.