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Johns Hopkins Health Alert summarized
American Automobile Association’s (AAA) tips for older drivers. Faced with the declining vision, mobility, and
concentration that frequently accompany aging, safe driving for older
drivers becomes especially challenging. In addition, the variety of medications
prescribed to address the myriad of age-related conditions frequently
can cause drowsiness, dizziness or confusion, all of which are potentially
dangerous when combined with driving a vehicle.
The following tips are offered by AAA for older drivers on how to stay
safe drivers. We are reproducing the list in its entirety for our readers:
- "Schedule an eye exam. The American Optometric Association recommends
that adults ages 19 to 60 receive an eye exam at least every two years,
and that those over 60 have their eyes checked annually.
- Review your medications with your doctor, and be alert for any side effects
that may interfere with your driving.
- Avoid driving at night, when visibility is low.
- Avoid driving during rush hour.
- Avoid risky left turns by making a series of right turns instead
- Make sure that your steering wheel, seat and mirrors are all properly adjusted,
and that you’re able to completely depress the gas and brake pedals.
- Make sure you can move your head and neck comfortably so you can check
your blind spots as well as side traffic.
- Always wear a safety belt, even when you’re just making a quick run
to the store.
- Take a driver’s safety course to refine your skills and possibly
lower your insurance rates. AARP offers a course that can be taken either
in-person or online."
Not surprisingly, senior drivers are injured more easily than younger drivers.
However, most people may not realize that they are
not the most dangerous drivers on the road. According to AAA statistics:
- "Seniors kill fewer motorists and pedestrians than drivers of any
other age group;
- Seniors have the lowest crash involvement rates per licensed driver;
- Seniors have the lowest rate of crash involvement rates involving alcohol
- Seniors have the highest rates of seat belt use among adults."
The issue of how and when to determine whether someone has become too risky
to safely drive has been the subject of frequent previous postings on
the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog:
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About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial
Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan
Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer
of the Year" (2011). He has been rated by
Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also
describes him as
"one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident
claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and
work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against
truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority,
and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest
settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri
has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by
Best Lawyers (2011 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by
Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)– national publications that honor the
top lawyers in America.
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