Aging does not automatically equal total loss of driving ability. There are many things you can do to continue driving safely, including modifying your car, altering the way you drive, and addressing any physical issues that can interfere with driving.
Stay on top of your health
- Regular check-ups are critical to keeping you in the best possible driving shape.
- Get your eyes checked every year. Make sure that corrective lenses are current. Keep the windshield, mirrors, and headlights clean, and turn the brightness up on the instrument panel on your dashboard.
- Have your hearing checked annually. If you need hearing aids, make sure you wear them while driving. Be careful when opening car windows, though, as drafts can sometimes impair a hearing aid’s effectiveness.
- Talk with a doctor about how ailments or medications can affect your driving ability. For example, if you have glaucoma, tinted eyeglasses can help to reduce glare.
Get plenty of sleep. Getting enough sleep is essential to driving well. Ensure that you are sleeping well and talk with your doctor about the effect sleep medications may have on your driving.
Good health plays such an important part in respect to being able to continue to drive.