3 Ways To Help Your Elderly Loved One Stay Safe Behind The Wheel

Five Ways to Stay Safe Behind the Wheel as You Age - Senior Outlook Today

Even if your elderly loved one still seems to be doing great for their age and doesn’t appear to have any physical or mental declines to report, you may still be worried about how safe it actually is for them to be driving. 

While most people who move into an assisted living facility won’t drive anymore, if your loved one still lives on their own, driving might be a necessity for them. So to help ensure that they and anyone else on the road can feel confident, here are three ways you can help your elderly loved one stay safe behind the wheel. 

Regularly Check That Their Senses Are Working Well

In order to be a safe driver, the person driving has to be able to see, hear, and react to what’s going on around them in traffic. But as people age, their hearing and sight often deteriorates

To ensure that this isn’t happening to your elderly loved one who still drives, you should speak with them about getting their hearing and their vision checked on a regular basis. If they are having some issues with this, getting glasses and a hearing aid can be all that it takes to keep your loved one safe and behind the wheel. 

Drive With The Best Safety Features

There are so many safety features available in cars today that can make driving easier and safer for anyone, including your elderly loved one. So if your loved one is driving an older vehicle that doesn’t have any modern safety features, you might want to help them install some aftermarket products or consider getting a newer car.

Some of the safety features you should encourage your elderly loved one to use in their car can include backup and blindspot cameras, parking assist, lane assist, dashboard cams, automatic braking, and more. All of these features will only be used if there’s a close call in the car, so you can assure your elderly loved one that they might not even notice these safety nets. 

Talk About Limits To Their Driving

To be as safe as possible when on the road, you might want to speak with your elderly loved one about when it’s going to be most safe and least safe for them to be out driving. Generally, if it’s a busy traffic time, like rush hour, or at night, the roads are much more dangerous. Also, if there’s bad weather like wind, rain, or snow and ice, being on the road also isn’t a good idea. So if your loved one can avoid driving at these times or in these conditions, they’ll be all the better for it. 

If you have an elderly loved one who still wants to drive, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them stay safe while they’re driving.