Staying Safe as an Older Driver
How does age affect your driving?
Everyone ages differently so there is no hard and fast cut off as to when someone should stop driving. As we age, things like decreased vision, impaired hearing, slowed motor reflexes, and worsening health conditions can become a problem. Aging also tends to result in a reduction of strength, coordination and flexibility which can impact your ability to safely control a motor vehicle. For example:
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Safety tips for older drivers:
Getting older does not automatically mean a total loss of driving ability. There are many things you can do to continue driving safely, including staying on top of your health.
Regular check-ups are critical to keeping you in the best possible driving shape.
Know your limitations:
If a driving situation makes you uncomfortable, don’t do it. Many of us voluntarily begin to make changes in our driving practices as we get older by:
If you are a patient of the Temagami Family Health Team and would like to speak to your primary care provider about driving concerns, please call (705) 569-3244 to schedule an appointment.
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