Older Driver Safety Awareness Week December 3-7, 2018
December 6, 2018
Driving helps older adults - persons 65 and older - stay mobile and able to live on their own. However, as we age, our sight and ability to think and remember declines. These changes may affect driving. Certain medical problems such as heart disease, dementia, sleep disorders, and limited hearing and vision increase older adults' risk of car crashes. Also, both prescription and over the counter medicines may affect driving safety.
Here are some steps older adults can take to stay safe on the road:
- Discuss your medical problems with your doctor to determine if they might affect your driving.
- Discuss stopping or changing your medications with your pharmacist or doctor if you have side effects that could interfere with safe driving. These include blurry vision, dizziness, sleepiness, confusion, tiredness, and losing consciousness (passing out).
- Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Wear glasses and corrective lenses as directed.
- Plan your route before you drive.
- Think about alternatives to driving. Consider riding with a friend, using a taxi, or using transit services, such as Littleton Regional's Care-A-Van or the Tri-County CAP bus.