Florida GrandDriver® Tips to
Help with Driving Problems
By age 65, hearing loss occurs to 39% of people.
High sounds go first, making sirens difficult
to hear. Background noises can significantly distort
sound and interfere with your driving. A turn
signal left on because you don’t hear it
can cause a crash.
- Have your hearing checked annually.
- Turn off the radio.
- Check exhaust pipes and have bad ones replaced
before they become noisy.
- Keep air conditioner or heater fan on the
lowest setting to reduce background noise.
- Purchase a device that amplifies the sound
of your turn signals.
Because approximately 90% of the cues you get
while driving come through sight, you must recognize
and understand these age-related changes in vision:
slower focusing, poor vision in dim light, difficulty
seeing in bright sun or glare, reduced peripheral
These changes don’t always show up on eye
exams, but they do affect your ability to drive
safely. Being able to see road signs and signals,
other vehicles, and pedestrians is affected by
more than just visual acuity.Keep your glasses,
windows, mirrors, and headlights clean.
- Avoid driving at night and when visibility
- If you must drive at night, don’t wear
sunglasses of any kind.
- Have your vision checked annually.
- Clean the inside and outside of windshield
- Clean headlights and mirrors.
- Give your eyes a few minutes to adjust to
changes in light and dark. Use this time to
fasten seat belt and adjust mirrors.
- If you can’t see over the steering wheel,
sit on a cushion or pillow make sure you can
still reach the gas and brake pedals.
In Muscles, Bones, and Joints
also brings slower reflexes, loss of muscle strength,
joint flexibility, and brittle bones. Slower reflexes,
combined with even minor vision losses, can make
ordinary driving situations dangerous.
- Give yourself time to react.
- Watch the entire road, from your front bumper
to twelve seconds ahead of you (about one block
at 30 mph).
- Stay at least 3 seconds behind the car in
front of you.
- Anticipate danger. Watch out for the other
- Stiff joints make turning your head to see
behind you difficult. Install large side mirrors.
Turn your body to see better.
- As muscles lose strength, turning the steering
wheel gets harder. Don’t swing wide on
turns to compensate. Get power steering. If
you still have trouble, get a turning knob.
- Tired muscles and sore joints distract you.
On long trips, stop to rest every two hours,
and always buckle up.
- Lap-shoulder seatbelts provide body support
as well as protection from injury.
- Regular exercise can prolong strength and
flexibility. Ask your doctor to recommend a
safe exercise program
impairs judgment, slows reflexes, distorts decision-making,
and hinders coordination. And you don't have to
be a problem drinker to have alcohol-related driving
problems, because alcohol tolerance decreases
with age. If you drink, don’t drive.
Both prescription and over-the-counter medications
have side effects that can affect your ability
to drive safely. Whenever you take any medication,
ask your pharmacist or physician about driving.
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||Drowsiness, ringing ears
|Drowsiness, confusion, reduced
||Drowsiness, blurred vision,
||Drowsiness, inability to concentrate
||Drowsiness, dizziness and blurred
||False feeling of alertness,
||Drowsiness, staggering, blurred
||False sense of alertness, dizziness
||Over excitability, false sense
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