How Aging Affects Driving Safety
- Reduced vision — especially at night.
- Difficulty judging distance and speed.
- Limited movement and range of motion.
- Slower reaction time.
- Difficulty focusing attention for long periods of time.
- Easily distracted.
- More time needed to understand what we see and hear.
- More use of prescription and/or over-the-counter drugs that may impair your driving ability.
The Driving Safety Cycle
PLAN: Before you begin driving, plan your route, make sure your car is properly prepared and make alternate transportation arrangements when appropriate.
SCAN: Pay close attention to what is happening all around you. Look and listen for situations that may require you to react quickly.
THINK: Consider how safety will be affected by what you have seen or heard.
DECIDE: Decide how to handle the situation so you feel in control.
ACT: Apply good judgement to eliminate unsafe acts and unsafe conditions.
Deciding When to Stop Driving: Warning Signs
- Increasing number of near collisions.
- Direct involvement in minor collisions.
- Difficulty seeing pedestrians, objects and other vehicles.
- Difficulty co-ordinating hand and foot movements.
- Increased nervousness when behind the wheel.
- Public transportation.
- Friends and family members who drive.
- Keep your vehicle and have others drive for you e.g. volunteer driver programs.
- Scheduled or customer call request van/bus pick-up.
- Taxi voucher system.
- Community access bus or van pools.
- What age-related factors affect your driving?
- What changes will you make to keep driving safely?
- How will these changes benefit you?
Road Safety. It starts with you.
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