As we age, it’s only natural that our vision, hearing, strength and flexibility start to change. Medical conditions and the medications we use to treat them can also have an impact on our ability to act and react, especially behind the wheel.
Should You be Concerned?
Of course, we all age differently. And when it comes to safe driving, it’s about our individual ability rather than the number of candles on our birthday cakes. For example: as we hit middle age, our eyes’ ability to focus slows and our sensitivity to glare increases. Our peripheral vision narrows while our depth perception shrinks. Our hearing changes, necks don’t swivel quite so easily for shoulder checks, and it might take a few extra seconds to make decisions.
We may not be able to escape the natural effects of Father Time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t adjust our driving behaviours to compensate.
One Fix at a Time
Simple things like restricting night driving, keeping the radio turned off and adjusting mirrors and lights can make a big difference to your confidence behind the wheel. And if you ever do find yourself feeling unsafe while driving, pull over in a safe location and call us. We’ll be glad to help both you and your vehicle find a safe ride home, no questions asked.
Get the Full Picture
Stop into any AMA centre for your free copy of our Tips for Aging Drivers booklet or read our tips now. If you’re concerned about a parent, spouse or neighbor’s driving safety let an AMA Driver Education instructor build confidence with a one-on one refresher lesson.
Read more about How to Assess Your Driving Skills, Licencing Information for Older Drivers and Planning your Retirement from Driving. To get the full picture, stop into any AMA centre for your free copy of our Tips for Aging Drivers booklet or visit ama.ab.ca/AgingDrivers.