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Senior Tip of the Week—Stay Safe Behind the Wheel By Revving Up Your Driving Skills

12:00am | | Tips and Advice

Whether it pertains to stairlifts or not, when Acorn Stairlifts says that we care about our customers and their well-being, only wanting to give them the best, we mean it.

This also applies to our customers’ overall quality of life.

We want you to lead the healthiest, happiest, and most fulfilling lives possible. We want to see you succeed and reach new heights not only in mobility and independence but in all areas of their lives.

Without further ado, welcome back to “Acorn Stairlifts Tip of the Week,” a series in which we will equip seniors with all the knowledge, tools, and helpful advice that they need to succeed in their lives—ranging anywhere from physical health, to saving money with senior discounts, and just about everything in between.

Read on for a driving crash course for seniors that will teach you how not to crash.

The Acorn Stairlifts Senior Tip of the Week

Stay safe behind the wheel by refreshing and revving up your driving skills with crash courses that will help steer you in the right direction so that you don’t crash.

As you age, many things begin to change, whether it’s your reaction time, dexterity, the quality of your sight, or your ability to drive safely while navigating rigorous roads and tormenting traffic.

However, seniors can still stay safe on the road by brushing up on their driving skills and keeping on the lookout for signs that it’s time to step on the brakes and slow your days of driving to a smooth stop.

Ways That Seniors Can Pick Up the Speed On Their Driving Skills

Remember that even if you feel like you don’t have any concerns about your driving, it never hurts to keep your driving skills sharp.

Being a safe driver is an ongoing lifelong commitment that requires practice and time, so let’s put the pedal to the medal and buckle down on your driving safety tips and skills.

Enroll in Driving Courses

Driving courses aren’t just for teenagers heading out on the road for the first time or for first-time speeding offenders who are trying to avoid racking up pricey points on their licenses.

No matter how old you are, the level of your driving skills, or the extent of your driving experience, enrolling in a driving course to freshen up your road knowledge is never a bad idea.

No one is a perfect driver, and there is always a skill that you can improve on whether you are heavy-footed on the gas pedal, need a refresher on road signs and signals, or struggle to remember specific traffic laws and regulations.

Take Driving Assessment Tests

Alongside driving courses that you can enroll in to brush up on your knowledge, there are also driving assessment tests that are offered to determine whether you are fit to drive, as well as whether you are a potential threat to other drivers.

These driving assessment tests not only give you a solid idea of whether or not you should be driving, but they also provide you with a sense of awareness, drawing attention to the areas that you could afford to improve on.

Get Your Vision Tested Frequently

It’s been said time and time again and will continue to be repeated until the end of time (or until we have self-driving cars)—Keep your eyes on the road.

Vision is one of, if not the most important, requirements needed to safely drive a vehicle.

Driving requires drivers to be alert and reactive at all times to any stimuli, whether it’s a pedestrian crossing the street, a traffic sign, a stop light, or an obstruction in the road.

Not being able to identify these things and react appropriately is not only dangerous for you, but to the people surrounding you.

This is why it is vital to get your vision tested frequently, especially in old age when your eyesight begins to deteriorate, affecting your ability to see well while driving.

Get Regular Medical Examinations

Getting regular medical examinations to evaluate the state of your physical health is essential when determining whether someone is fit to drive.

Are you able to react fast enough in a situation where a potential accident could occur? Do you suffer from heart complications that could cause you to suffer a stroke at any given moment while operating a vehicle? Does your painful arthritis prevent you from properly gripping the steering wheel with two steady hands?

At the end of the day, you are the one responsible for safely operating your vehicle and protecting yourself and other drivers from dangerous driving accidents.

If your health has become a risk when on the road, it is best to abstain from driving until you know that you are capable of operating a vehicle safely.

Choose to save lives and make the roads safer by being a responsible driver, regardless of your age.   

Steer Seniors Toward Safety and Success on the Road

Let’s steer seniors off of the collision course and onto the road to success and safety when driving.

Click here for signs that you and your loved ones are not safe on the road and should no longer be driving.

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