#1: Understanding how aging affects driving.
coordination, and flexibility, which can have a major impact on your ability to
safely control a car. For example:
- Pain or stiffness in your neck can make it
harder to look over your shoulder to change lanes or look left and right at
intersections to check for other traffic or pedestrians.
- Leg pain can make it difficult to move your foot
from the gas to the brake pedal.
- Diminished arm strength can make it hard to turn
the steering wheel quickly and effectively.
- As reaction times also slow down with age, you
may be slower to spot vehicles emerging from side streets and driveways, or to
realize that the vehicle ahead of you has slowed or stopped.
- Keeping track of so many road signs, signals,
and markings, as well as all the other traffic and pedestrians, can also become
more difficult as you lose the ability to effectively divide your attention
between multiple activities.
You may have driven your entire life and take great pride in
your safety record, but as you age, it is critical that you realize your
driving ability can change. To continue driving safely, you need to recognize
that changes can happen, get help, when they do, and be willing to listen if
others voice concerns.