Older Drivers Fail To Make Adjustments

Make sure you get the best car servicing Uxbridge has to offer before Christmas this year, so you know you are as safe as possible on the road this Christmas.

Safety is paramount whatever your age, but there are some specific features that can be added to cars to make them safer for more elderly drivers.

These can include:

  • Cushions and seat pads to improve vision and comfort.
  • Convex/ multifaceted mirrors, to improve vision.
  • Pedal extension, to keep people a safe distance from the airbags.
  • Steering wheel covers, to make gripping them safer for arthritic hands.
  • Hand controls when using foot pedals may be difficult.

Unfortunately, many older drivers aren’t using them, researchers have recently found.

A LongROAD study found that more than 70 per cent of older drivers had experienced health problems that could affect their ability and comfort driving. Despite this, only nine per cent of users had tried an adaptation that could help them drive more easily.

Older drivers are considered to be safe drivers, but unfortunately those aged 65 and over are more than twice as likely as younger drivers to be killed when involved in a crash.

“When an ache or pain begins hindering driving ability, many older drivers are able to continue driving safely after making a few adjustments,” says Elin Schold Davis, project coordinator of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Older Driver Initiative.

Driving can help people remain independent for longer, so do consider these adjustments if you have had any health conditions recently.

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