Elderly Driver

Driving Safely and Confidently


Performance Not Age Should Be Evaluated

… someone’s safety on the road and one day the simple driver’s licence eyesight test could become a thing of the past. A study is currently under way focusing on the vision, memory, reaction times and driving skills of 600 drivers in Brisbane and Canberra in an attempt to find better ways of assessing the safety of older drivers. The subjects have undergone vision, cognitive and physical testing and early indications suggest assessing motion sensitivity, colour change reaction time and …


Parkinson’s Disease: When Is Driving No Longer Safe?

… forget the potential dangers the disease presents to driving. Not giving ample attention to the effects of the disease and its medications will create an even more dangerous driving environment for those afflicted.  As the disease continues to progress, it will eventually affect reaction time, vision, judgement and one’s ability to handle the multiple tasks required for safe driving.  When the physical and cognitive symptoms of Parkinson’s disease begin to erode the individual’s ability …


Common Medications and Multiple Drug Combinations Increasingly Linked to Fatal Car Crashes

… physical effects can be complex and unpredictable. So, if you do choose to take psychoactive medications, or drugs that impair judgment and reaction time either by itself or in combination with other drugs, please exercise good judgment and avoid getting behind the wheel. Needless to say, talking on your phone or texting while driving raises your risk of a potentially fatal car crash in and of itself—and doing so while impairedexponentially raises that risk. Spread the Word to Sources and …


A Re-Invented Elderly Driver

… mid-80’s. , So, assuming we are not suffering from some irreversible and debilitating condition that can impair our driving, we can expect to drive well safely and capably for a long, long time. Even in our 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and, perhaps, into our 90’s, though we may experience the normal effects of aging on our sight, hearing, reaction time, and cognition, we can become A Re-Invented Elderly Driver. We can raise the ceiling of our driving age. Missed Opportunities at Improvement are …


The Elderly Driver Should Take Simple Safety Precautions

… Simple Precautions and Strategies for The Elderly Driver Here are two practical suggestions for the elderly driver, especially for those who are finding their reaction time and their ability to take in the whole traffic picture while driving is becoming more of a challenge. Image by epSos.de via Flickr Avoid driving during rush hour. Even professional, younger drivers can find all the increased traffic activity and flow, during rush, a …

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