If You Drive – Tips On How to Do So More Safely
When it comes to baby boomers, there is little denying that for most of them, driving continues to be an integral part of their lifestyle and is an expression of their personal freedom and mobility. With a philosophy of, “you only live once so enjoy it!”, these “aging hipsters” certainly demand more out of life than any other generation preceding it.
Research by national organizations like AAA and the Department of Motor Vehicle suggest the following four solutions that focus largely on how to help senior drivers in the US keep driving safely as long as possible:
- Driver fitness
- Adjustments in car equipments
- Equipment enhancement
- New technology support
Tips on driving safely for senior drivers
- If you have stiff joints and are having difficulty in turning your head, install large-size mirrors in your car.
- As you age, you muscles tend to lose flexibility and strength and turning the steering might become difficult. Avoid swinging wide on turns as it may lead to accidents and sudden jolts. Instead, invest in a car with power steering or install a “turning knob”.
- Make sure to take enough rest before driving.
- Stop frequently and take a breather before starting to drive again.
- Maintain a healthy reaction time.
- While driving, make it a conscious habit to stay at least 3 seconds away from the car in front of you.
- Try and anticipate trouble before hand. Watch out for other drivers driving recklessly.
- Follow speed limits and fasten your seat belt.
- Avoid driving to long distances at dusk or late at night.
- Drive under optimal conditions in familiar places and less crowded areas.
- Avoid distractions like talking on a cell phone or adjusting the radio while driving.
If you’re in your late 50s and love your “independence” like other baby boomers, one of the questions that may concern you from time to time, is-“will I be able to drive as long as I want to?”
Think of it this way-you can’t avoid aging; you are not the first one, and you certainly won’t be the last one either! That doesn’t however mean you should get all “serious” about it and stop doing things you’ve loved and enjoyed all your life.
Studies and research reveal that by the year 2030, 1 out of every 5 drivers in the US would be above age 65. The good news is that with a growing awareness and advancement in technology, increasing your “driving years” isn’t all that difficult.