Age gets the best of us all, but some drivers aren’t willing to admit it. That can make hitting the road dangerous for both senior drivers and those around them. It’s important that we recognize the changes in senior drivers that can affect their ability to drive.
Vision and hearing loss are perhaps two of the obvious changes that can make it more difficult to drive. Senior drivers often experience visual difficulty in judging distance, dealing with glare, and peripheral vision.
Senior drivers with hearing problems may fail to recognize sirens or emergency service vehicles. Car horns and the sounds of approaching traffic may go unnoticed by seniors.
Joint pain in the lower body can make driving more difficult and result in a reduced reaction time. Senior drivers’ range of motion may also decrease over time. Checking blind spots may be more difficult as well.
Senior drivers can experience a harder time concentrating for longer periods of time. Changes in cognitive abilities could lead to the failure to remember where the driver is going, and what some traffic signs mean.
Reaction time may be the most obvious issue that senior drivers face. An inability to process the information received while driving, and failing to react in general, could result in dangerous situations.
Here at Atzenhoffer Cadillac, we believe that being aware of possible mind and body changes for older drivers is an important way to stay safer on the road.