Aging Affects Driving

Let's face it. The older you get, the more difficult it is to maintain safe and secure driving habits. But it's not impossible. You just have to be aware of what you are doing.

Aging can affect your vision. Your eyesight diminishes as you age, and we get most of the information we need to drive well through our vision.

You can require ten times as much light to see well when you are 60 as when you were 19. Drivers over 40 take nearly twice as long to focus as younger drivers. As we age, we are more sensitive to glare. It takes us longer to see some colors, and we lose our ability to judge how fast cars are going.

It is important to get an eye exam every two years. If necessary, drive only during daylight hours. Turn you head frequently to see what is going on around you. Keep your car clean. Keep your mirrors adjusted, and get a bigger rear-view mirror. Don't let anything distract you.
   
It is also important to be able to hear well while you drive. Most of us experience some hearing loss after we turn 65, and even more after the age of 75. You need to listen for sirens, horns, and warnings, so get regular hearing checkups. You can minimize the effects of aging on your driving with careful attention to the changes in your senses.

The Ormond Beach law firm of Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. understands the serious nature of automobile accidents and the injuries that can result. Our firm will investigate the causes of any accident and pursue appropriate legal action.

Call a Florida car accident attorney today at 800-556-8890 for a free and confidential consultation if you have been involved in a car accident.

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