For any driver, but particularly older drivers, being involved in a car accident could have very serious repercussions for health. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident increases as you age, and in 2014 alone, there were more than 5,700 older adults killed in motor vehicle crashes, and 236,000 treated in emergency room departments following a motor vehicle accident.
Things That You Can Do to Avoid a Crash
Avoiding a crash is of critical importance for everyone on the road. Here are some things that you can do:
- Drive in good conditions. One thing that you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident is to always drive when conditions are good, and to avoid driving in bad conditions when possible. For example, do not drive at night when lighting is poor (especially if you suffer from any vision problems), and avoid driving in bad weather too.
- Avoid highly trafficked roads. Another thing that elder drivers can do to reduce the risk of a crash is to avoid driving on highly trafficked roads or during rush hour. In fact, avoiding the highway and high speed travel in general, and instead opting for slower, safer routes is recommended.
- Avoiding distractions. It can be easy to get distracted while driving. For this reason, try to focus only on the act of driving. Keep music volumes low, don’t ever use any handheld devices, and keep conversations with passengers to a minimum.
Reducing Your Risk of Serious Injury
Some crashes aren’t avoidable. Some things that you can do to reduce your risk of injury if you are involved in a crash include:
- Exercise regularly, and this increases flexibility and strength which make you more resilient in a crash;
- Always buckle up; and
- Make sure your vehicle is up to date and safety features, like airbags, are working properly.
It can be difficult for a driver of any age to admit when their driving skills may no longer be as sharp as they used to be. Be sure to regularly visit your doctor for an annual check-up to have your vision, hearing and reflexes tested.
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