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Performance Not Age Should Be Evaluated

Driving Tests Not Checking for Skills Actually Needed for Road Conditions

Clare Colley of the Canberra Times, wrote recently regarding a study under way in Queensland, Australia, led by professor Joanne Wood, who points out that it is not reasonable to expect typical re-licensing testing to be adequate when evaluating driver performance, especially for elderly drivers. For instance, high-contrast wall eye-charts, can not adequately represent visual conditions in high speed, high traffic, poor road situations and low contrast settings, such a night time or in fog. This is true for the elderly as well as very young and middle-aged drivers. Following is the article in the Canberra Times describing the study and profess Wood’s thoughts.

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Factors That Affect Our Memory – Part 2

A Word on the Things That Are Memory Enhancing 

Negative Factors

In part 1 of “Factors That Affect Our Memory” we primariiy covered the negative factors, which include:

  1. Thyroid Problems 
  2. Menopause 
  3. Lack of Sleep 
  4. Anxiety and Depression
  5. Certain Medications 
  6. Smoking 
  7. Stress 
  8. A Higher “Infectious Burden” 

We did, however, begin to consider the positive factors by covering the healthful effects of green tea. In this article, we begin by repeating the benefits of green tea to your memory and continue to cover exercise, vitamin B12, vitamin D, intermittent fasting, gut health and diet.

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Pedal Application Error and Unintended Acceleration

Hitting the Wrong Pedal

Today’s news media seems eager to report on elderly drivers whose actions result in tragic highway pedal application error and unintended accelerationcalamities, such as attempting to brake and hitting the accelerator instead, resulting in unintended acceleration.  It has become almost a regular news item in the papers or on TV.

Tragedies That Result

Two particular examples of pedal application error have captured the imagination of the public due to the extent of their carnage and to the age of the victims.

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What Makes for a Safe Driver – Elderly or Not? (Part 2)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ATTITUDE TO BE A SAFE DRIVER

 

Part 1 Review

In part 1 of this 2-part series, we mentioned that to be a safe driver, you need to successfully combine knowledge of the rules of the road, facility with handling the car, concentration, anticipation of the road conditions, and a proper attitude toward other drivers and to pedestrians. We covered the first two item in some detail. In this post we will cover the remaining three items.

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Should I Give Up the Car Keys?

How to Know if You Should Give Up the Car Keys

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Introduction

This article is dedicated to the mature or elderly driver who may be experiencing pangs of doubt about driving and is wondering whether it is time to give up the car keys, permanently.give up the car keys
As a mature driver, with over 40 years of driving experience, I know that I won’t be able to drive indefinitely. I realize that sooner or (hopefully much) later I will have to give up the car keys and seek alternatives for keeping mobile.

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Let Walking Make You a Better Driver [2]

The Mind and Walking

Mental and Emotional Obstacles Overcome by Walking

In the first article in this series, we mentioned that walking can have a positive impact your vision, cognition and in-car mobility.  One concrete example is the effect that walking can have on the on-set of glaucoma, a serious, debilitating eye disease that can eventually end one’s driving career. Today we want to continue this discussion by pointing out that walking can help the elderly driver overcome mental and emotional obstacles to safe operation of a vehicle.

Driving Under Stress

It would seem obvious that driving while under stress, tension, anger, fatigue and confusion can be distracting, impairing and debilitating.

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Let Walking Make You a Better Driver (1)

Improving Your Driving by Walking

Walking Is a Great Way to Improve

If improved driving capability is your goal, there are few things you can do that bring as many benefits to you as walking. This simple form of exercise is easy to do and can be taken up indoors or outdoors. Most importantly walking can help you improve the three crucial functionalities necessary for competent, safe driving.

Driving involves three functionalities: seeing, thinking and moving. Without anyone of these components your driving days are walking to become a better driveressentially over. All three, to one extent or another, can be improved by walking.

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Elderly Drivers Get Distracted Too

Distractions for the Elderly Driver

The Smartphone Comethelderly drivers get distracted too

We elderly drivers get distracted too, but not just by smartphones. Of course, teens get the lion share of negative press when it comes to driving distractedly, especially for their tendency to text just about anywhere and any time.

Cometh to Boomers

However, those who are part of the late boomer generation, (born between the late 50’s and early 60’s), are active users of cell phones and smartphones, too.  As an early boomer (1950), it took me a while to finally buy my first cell phone (in my late 40’s) and, even later, my first smartphone (late 50’s) but like the adage goes, once you have, you use it.

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Adverse Side Effects of Statin Drugs and the Elderly Driver (2)

Adverse Side Effects of Statin Drugs Can Affect the Way You Drive

Adverse Side Effects of Statin Drugs

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As discussed in part 1 of this article, notwithstanding their ability to effectively lower cholesterol levels, there are several adverse side effects of stain drugs of which you, the elderly driver, should be aware.  In the previous article we touched on those side effects that can keep you temporarily or even permanently from driving. In this article, we want to emphasize the five adverse side effects of stain drugs that can affect the way you drive.

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