Q: What factors should I consider in determining if age has affected my driving?
A:Eyesight, hearing, memory, alertness, as well as both upper and lower body strength are all important factors when driving. If you are a senior, it is advisable to have your hearing and eyesight checked once a year, be well-rested when you intend to drive, and be conscientious of the effects of any medicines you may currently be taking. Physical strength should be such that you can comfortably turn the wheel and operate pedals as required by road conditions. Also ensure that you maintain sufficient flexibility to turn your neck and head to check adjacent lanes for traffic. If you find yourself getting lost more frequently or becoming confused about once-familiar directions, notify a loved one and your doctor, who can explain to you the measures you should take to protect yourself in the future.