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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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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.


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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


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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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.


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



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.


WHAT MAKES FOR A SAFE DRIVER – Elderly or Not? (Part 1)

What is a safe driver?a safe driver

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:

  • 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
  • your ability to concentrate,
  • your anticipating possible adverse road conditions and taking defensive action, and


Should I Give Up the Car Keys?

How to Know if You Should Give Up the Car Keys

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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.


Wet Road Conditions and Hydroplaning

Spring Showers and Hydroplaning

hydroplaningAs Spring approaches and rain showers replace snow flurries, hydroplaning becomes an ever present concern, especially on highways and can lead to loss of control while driving. Smart Motorist published a great article on hydroplaning some years ago and it is reproduced here for your benefit.



Hydroplaning (Aquaplaning)

Hydroplaning (called Aquaplaning)

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.


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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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