Is Age Affecting My Driving?
4/19/2012While age alone is not a decisive factor as to whether an individual can safely get behind the wheel, age can impose some limiting factors that we must be aware of as we get older. Here are a few considerations to make in determining whether your driving is being affected by age-related impairments.
• Physical Mobility When driving, ensure that your neck and upper body are limber enough to achieve the full range of motion necessary to check behind you when changing lanes. Be conscientious of diminished arm strength that could make it difficult to turn the wheel.
• Reaction Time With age, reaction times tend to slow. Be cautious if you notice yourself consistently having to respond to last-minute changes, slamming on the brakes or jerking the wheel to avoid collisions.
• Impaired Vision The dangers of driving with impaired vision are considerable at any age. Ensure that prescription eyewear is up to date and check with your doctor to confirm that you are qualified to drive at night and in harsh weather conditions.
If you are in an accident, as a senior you may be subjected to undue scrutiny regarding your medical eligibility to drive.
Your interests will be best represented by a firm that not only understands the law, but medical terminology, conditions, and procedures as well. To provide for your representation, contact Dover Law Firm so that we can begin the process of getting you back on the road to recovery.
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