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. Read more... (1010 words, 2 images, estimated 4:02 mins reading time)
A salute to “KEEPING US SAFE”
As a certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” professional, I am proud to be associated with the KEEPING US SAFE organization. This year they are celebrating their sixth anniversary devoted to serving the elderly drivers in our communities and their families to help prevent tragedies on the highways. Below is a word from the founder of Keeping Us Safe, Matt Gurwell.
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Your Skills May Need a Refresher Course
Is age taking a toll on your driving skills? You may have driven a vehicle for many years, even decades but, of late, you find yourself apprehensive as vehicles operated by youngsters go zipping past you. That type of nervousness is quite common and senior drivers often feel this way.
Driving a vehicle competently and safely demands a lot of concentration and good coordination between your eyes, hands, legs and the brain. Ageing slows down your reflexes and, coupled with heavy traffic, and aggressive drivers, it is no wonder the elderly driver may feel trepidation, operating an automobile. Read more... (686 words, 2 images, estimated 2:45 mins reading time)
Persuading the Elderly Driver to Give Up the Keys
After family members have had a frank and open discussion with the elderly driver in their life, driving outcomes will vary. Perhaps the elderly driver has been convinced that he or she should retire from driving and is ready to give up the keys to the car. Or, perhaps, the older driver denies that driving is a problem. The parent or elderly relative is not willing to admit that driving skills have deteriorated, that eyesight has worsened, that reflexes are slower or that destinations of trips are often forgotten and produce confusion Read more... (766 words, estimated 3:04 mins reading time)
How to Know if You Should Give Up the Car Keys
from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit
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.
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. Read more... (1030 words, 2 images, estimated 4:07 mins reading time)
Retaking Your Road Test Need Not Spell Disaster
What are your fears?
If you were re-taking your road test today, to renew your driver’s license as an elderly driver, what would be your greatest concern?
Are you jittery about:
If you are in one of the states, where elderly drivers are required to retake the road test then the following infographic may be of some help. It is not exhaustive, but it does touch upon a number of these concerns and provides some strategies to prepare for your road test. Read more... (235 words, 2 images, estimated 56 secs reading time)
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Statin Drugs Reduce Cholesterol But Put You at Risk
Substantial scientific evidence demonstrates the adverse side effects of statin drugs on patients, notwithstanding the claims that these drugs save lives and prevent heart disease. Assured by government, the medical establishment and, of course, the pharmaceutical industry, we are urged to accept statins as the best solution for that “dreaded condition”, that can’t be felt and does not exhibit outward signs, known as hypercholesterolemia (higher than normal cholesterol levels in the blood). Anyone with levels of cholesterol between 200 mg/dL and 239 mg/dL is considered to be borderline; someone with levels 240 mg/dL or above is considered “suffering” from hypercholesterolemia and is, thus, a candidate for a statin drug. Read more... (1207 words, 3 images, estimated 4:50 mins reading time)