Senior drivers have the highest fatal crashes so safety is a big issue when it comes to senior citizens and driving. As we age or reflexes are not as sharp as they use to be and this could affect driving skills.
Many seniors feel that they loose some freedom if they are not able to drive themselves around. This is true but it is important that they can safely drive where they are going. Sometimes it can be hard to know when a person is not safe to drive and other times it is quite obvious that a person should not drive.
It can be hard for a senior citizens family to know when a senior is not safe on the roads.
Medications affect how we feel and how we are driving. Some medications make people sleepy, or slow. Other medicines may have a negative affect on our vision and could impair driving skills dramatically. Since senior citizens are likely to take medicine they should check to see that all their medicines are safe to operate a vehicle with.
Heavy traffic can be confusing and difficult to drive in for some seniors. Seniors concerned with driving in heavy traffic may only want to drive when the traffic is light.
Some vehicles may be too big or complicated to drive. A senior citizen should have a vehicle that is easy for them to get into. It should be simple to drive and easy to maneuver. Most seniors like to have a vehicle that is a smooth ride. Make sure if a senior is driving that they have a car fit for them.
A refresher course in driving may not be a bad idea for seniors to take. It can give them confidence in their driving skills and help to know if they are a safe driver. Many areas have refresher courses for seniors or you can go to the link below for more information on a course.
It may be a good idea to ask your doctor if driving is still a capability. They have access to medical records and what medicines are involved.
Many families of seniors are never in the car when the senior is driving since when they are together with the senior the younger person does the driving. There is a resource on the net that can help you find out if someone is a safe driver or not. To find this resource you can go on the net to http://seniordriving.aaa.com.