How to increase your road safety after 50
Posted on: 05 July 2016 by Grace Harrison
Getting older doesn't have to mean you have to give up driving. Read our tips to find out how to remain a great and reliable driver long after 50!
As you get older everyday things that you used to do become harder; everything from doing household chores to exercise has to be done with extra care and one of the most prominent daily activities that needs additional attention is driving.
When you get older, your faculties will decrease, and some of those faculties are essential to driving safely. However, that in no way means that anyone over 50 shouldn’t be driving, it just means that those over 50 need to take extra precautions; here are a few helpful tips that can help you become a much safer driver well into your fifties.
When it comes to driving over 50, you have to realize one crucial thing: technology is your friend, and you HAVE to use it to your advantage. In today’s world, the things that cars are capable of doing are truly impressive. So, do all that you can to include new technology in your car or buy a car that comes equipped with such things as stability control and side air bags.
And don’t stop at car modifications, there are apps available that can assist you; navigation apps that help you take less crowded routes, car cameras that help you check your surroundings and parking apps such as Divvy that help you find parking spaces, will make your life a lot easier.
Know your limits
Another crucial aspect of road safety as you get older is being fully aware and honest with yourself when it comes to your limitations. Being stubborn or overly proud will only harm you and others around you. You need to be aware of what you can do in a car at your age, so consider things like how capable you are of taking a long drive before it’s too late.
Take refresh courses
Taking refresher courses in driving is an excellent way to stay safe on the road as well as sharpening your skills. Senior driving courses teach their students the common causes of senior car crashes as well as how to avoid them. The courses are also helpful if you need to get to grips with some of the new technology I mentioned above, providing valuable and extensive lessons on how to comfortably control the new gadgets. Thousands of senior drivers take theses course each year and often leave being even more confident in their abilities. You can take these courses in a classroom and online, making it a convenient way to remain protected on the road.
Good Health = good safety
If you want to maintain some degree of safety while driving over 50, it is important to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, as well as taking good care of your eyes. That is not to say you have to go to the gym and train to be a bodybuilder, but staying healthy in your day to day life will aid you when it comes to increasing your road safety.
Another aspect of staying healthy is being aware of what medications that you might be taking and how they may affect your driving skills. If you are unsure about what may be impairing your driving skills, ask your doctor to get a better idea.
As I mentioned above being over 50 doesn’t mean that you should stop doing the things that you love or the things that are necessary, such as driving. If you are a lot more vigilant, take your time, and use some of the methods, techniques, and technology stated above to help you, you can continue to drive while eliminating the various dangers that may occur while behind the wheel. Have a safe trip!