Safety tips for driving

Safety Tips While Driving

Safety Tips While Driving

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 9:00am

Age-Related Vision Issues

As we age, our ability to process items in motion for our eyes diminishes. This can impair our abilities to drive safely. Age-related vision issues can be a reason why our driving becomes more hazardous. It’s important to understand the symptoms of these conditions and have a few tips to help make driving a safe endeavor. 

It’s extremely important to not use a cell phone while driving. This is key regardless of age, but as we age it’s important since our reaction times are slower. 

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings 

When you approach an intersection or are driving on unfamiliar roads, it is critical to pay extra attention to your surroundings. Even if you wear eyeglasses glare, hard-to-read signs, and other distractions can present challenges that require the full attention of any driver. These issues are amplified during nighttime driving. 

Nighttime Driving

The older we get the smaller our pupils become, which means they don’t dilate as quickly in the dark. This loss of light transmitting to our eyes can affect the reaction times of older drivers during nighttime. Due to this fact, it is important to reduce driving speeds and increase our attention to the road during nighttime driving. 

If you are experiencing any issues while driving, it is important to consult with your family eye care professionals and to have regular eye exams.