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)
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)
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)
Today’s news media seems eager to report on elderly drivers whose actions result in tragic highway calamities, 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. Read more...(985 words, 1 image, estimated 3:56 mins reading time)
For Good Control of Your Car Be in the Right Position and at the Right Distance
Right Position and Right Distance to Avoid Mishaps
Being too far from the brake pedal or too far from the steering wheel can cost you dearly if you are in some road mishap, so being in the right position and right distance is crucial. In the following video, hear what a driving expert has to say about the importance of having your feet in the right position in relationship to the brake pedal and having your arms at the right distance on the steering wheel. Read more...(149 words, estimated 36 secs reading time)
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. Read more...(780 words, 4 images, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
The answer is, it has nothing to do with being elderly!
Elderly or not, what makes for a safe driver does not necessarily depend on the number of decades you have lived. Rather, it is a matter of how well you pull together: Read more...(740 words, 3 images, estimated 2:58 mins reading time)
your knowledge of the rules of the road,
your facility with the auto you are driving, including the efficient and smooth use of stick shift, braking, accelerating and cornering
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)
Hydroplaning (called aquaplaning in Europe and Asia) occurs when water on the roadway accumulates in front of your vehicle’s tires faster that the weight of your vehicle can push it out of the way. The water pressure can cause your car to rise up and slide on top of a thin layer of water between your tires and the road. Read more...(1203 words, 3 images, estimated 4:49 mins reading time)
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 essentially over. All three, to one extent or another, can be improved by walking. Read more...(861 words, 2 images, estimated 3:27 mins reading time)