Parents worry about their kids. So, when you teenager passes their test, the first thing you think of is their safety. But, it isn’t only young and new drivers who need your attention. Older drivers need focusing on, too. Let’s face it; the elderly can turn into bad drivers. That’s not to say that every pensioner shouldn’t be on the roads because that isn’t true. However, they do put themselves in dangerous situations from time to time. Because you don’t want any elderly relatives involved in an accident, it’s better to ensure their safety.
The following are four ways to do that for your parents.
Make Sure They Have Their Glasses
People think that the elderly have a problem with driving because of their reactions. Usually, this is only half of the story because they drive responsibly. For the most part, it is down to their deteriorating eyesight. Because they struggle to see during the day and at night, they take risks which they shouldn’t. Pulling out in front of cars they don’t see, for instance, is something you’ll hear a lot. To help them, try and make sure they have their glasses at all times. They will forget, but you can’t if you want to keep them safe.
Turn Up Their Hearing Aid
It is easy to see why a pair of glasses is necessary, but a hearing aid isn’t as apparent. Surely they can get by without one? Maybe they can, but it’s a bit of a gamble. Driving is not just about eyesight; it requires all of the senses. If your parents can’t hear anything because the aid doesn’t work, they are in a vulnerable position. Anyone can beep to make them aware of their presence and they wouldn’t know. Firstly, they need to wear it just like their glasses. Secondly, they need a hearing aid repair service if it breaks. Finally, it should be on a high setting so that they can hear every sound.
Check The Car
To be fair, their health might not tell the whole story. After all, the car plays a significant role in driver safety. When it isn’t up to scratch, anyone, healthy or not, is taking a risk by getting behind the wheel. It’s for this reason that the car needs regular checkups. The fact that a driver with no issues could have an accident is scary. But, it’s more frightening for a senior because the odds of an incident are higher due to their health problems. At least when a mechanic gives it a once over you know the car is road legal.
They won’t want to do it, but getting them to retake their test is a savvy move. As people age, they don’t realise they are a danger to other drivers. Only by getting an expert to evaluate their skills will they be aware. Also, if they pass, it’s a sign that they are okay to drive for a while longer. But, you’ll never know until they retake a practical assessment.
The bottom line is that you want to keep them safe on the roads. The advice above will help you do just that.
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