So you are older now, does that mean that it is time to get off the road? No, it does not. It just means that you need to be a little more prepared because of the changes that your body is going through. Sometimes, getting older can mean that your hearing and vision decline, so it is important to get regular check ups to make certain that you have any corrective aids that may be needed.
You want to make sure that you are keeping in as good of physical shape as possible. You need your muscle strength for stepping on the brake, the accelerator as well as turning the wheel. You also need to stay alert and on your toes as much as possible, since there are other drivers on the road that may not be as experienced or cautious as you are.
If you are on any medications, make sure that they are not going to inhibit your driving. Some medications cause drowsiness, and could cause you to not be able to respond as quickly as you should. Other medical conditions should also be considered and your health maintained. If you have moments when you could faint or have sudden weakness, it is best to wait until a better day to drive.
Injuries receive in car accidents are the number one cause for death in those aged 65 to 74. It may benefit you to consider taking a defensive driver safety course.
If you question if now is the time to get off the road the turning to your family, friends or Dr, can help you determine if this is the case or not. Sometimes, all it takes is a new prescription for your glasses and a little more exercise and you are back on the road. Make sure that you are prepared to deal with the changes you may face as you age, in order to drive safely.