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Exercise Equals Safer Senior Drivers

Monday, September 22, 2014

As seniors age, there are delays in responses, slower reflexes, and other issues that affect their ability to drive safely and responsibly. However, Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers believe that exercise programs that focus heavily on strength building and flexibility can help reduce age-related impairments, helping seniors drive safely, even as they get older.

There are specific age-related problems that affect senior motorists and their ability to drive safely. For instance, back pain, stiffness, and other problems can reduce a senior’s ability to turn around, and look for vehicles in his blind spot. That means the senior is at a higher risk of being involved in an accident with a motorist that he has not even seen.

Scientists at the MIT Lab worked together with the Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence to look at how exercise programs that specifically focus on flexibility, range of motion, coordination and strength building helped senior drivers drive better. They found that when seniors participated in a program like this, it actually helped them turn around much more quickly. The seniors also reported that they found it much easier to back up their cars, compared to drivers who did not participate in the exercise program.

Apart from regular exercise program, senior motorists can also take other steps to keep reduce the risk of accidents by avoiding very busy times of the day for driving, and avoiding unknown routes. Cut down driving at night as much as possible, and get your vision tested every year.

Seniors need to drive in order to remain mobile and active, and stay healthy. Statistics find that when senior motorists lose their ability to drive, there is a negative impact on their health. Family members have a major role to play in helping keep senior motorists safe. Monitor the senior in your home, and look for signs that his driving ability may be impaired.

Medication Use Amplifies Accident Risks for Senior Drivers

Friday, May 02, 2014

Side effects from medications can increase the risk of accidents for senior motorists in Burbank. An overwhelming majority of senior motorists are on at least one medication and many of them are on more than one medication. That means that many of them may be at risk of driving while drowsy, fatigued, incoherent, confused, disoriented, or suffering from other side effects.

Financial difficulties, and decimated pension plans have forced many seniors to postpone their retirement plans. Many of them continue to remain in the workforce, which means more numbers of them driving. According to an AAA Foundation study, older motorists are much more likely to suffer from a medical condition, and take medications to manage these. The use of multiple medications is very high among this group of motorists. More than 90% of senior motorists are on some prescription medication, and two- thirds of those are on more than two medications.

However, senior motorists show a strong and admirable tendency to self -police their own driving. Those who use medications or had a medical condition were much more likely to report that they had reduced their daily travel with more than three- quarters of drivers above the age of 65 admitting to this. Many of them also drive for fewer days each week, and also avoid driving at night when it is much riskier to drive.

Senior motorists must discuss their medication plan with their doctors, and ask for alternatives to medications that increase the risk of impaired driving. Be clearly aware of the kind of side effects that are linked to the prescription drugs that you are on. Try to restrict your driving to the daytime, or take routes that are less busy.

Senior Accident Rates on the Decline

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The increasing number of senior motorists has not, fortunately, translated into a higher rate of accidents and injuries involving these motorists. According to new data that was released recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of accidents and injuries involving senior drivers is actually on the decline.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report, senior motorists in the United States are now much safer than they were just a few years ago. Thanks to increased auto safety technology, that not just reduces the risk of accidents but also minimizes the risk of injuries or fatalities in an accident, senior drivers are much more likely to return safely home when they are out driving.

There have been a number of concerns voiced recently by geriatric safety experts that the increasing number of senior drivers, who drive well into their 70s and 80s, could increase the risk of accidents involving these motorists. However, the Insurance Institute study found that accident rates involving 80-year-old senior motorists have actually shown some of the steepest declines.

According to the data between 1997 and 2012, fatal accident rates involving licensed senior drivers fell approximately 42% for older drivers. Among middle-aged drivers between the age of 35 and 54, the rates fell by 30%. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that the rates of accidents for senior drivers declined at a much higher speed than the rates of accidents involving motorists in the 35 to 54 age category.

Although driving conditions for senior citizens are much better now than they were a few years ago, it is important for loved ones to monitor the driving skills of senior drivers, and look out for signs of impaired driving skills.

Older Drivers More Likely to Be Involved in Accidents at Intersections

Monday, April 30, 2012

That older motorists face serious challenges when they drive is no secret to any Thousand Oaks car accident attorney.; These drivers face physical challenges, including failing vision and hearing which can affect their ability to drive safely. A new study finds these that these drivers may be much more likely to be involved in accidents at intersections, because of their inability to scan and screen relevant information in certain regions in their environment.

According to the researchers, senior drivers seem to be much more likely to be involved in right-of-way accidents that occur at intersections. In these accidents, Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers typically find that driving hazards emerge from the driver’s side. Senior drivers seem to be less likely to process information that emerges from the side, possibly because they are concentrating so heavily on avoiding hazards on the road directly in front of them.

According to the researchers, senior drivers are at a high risk of accidents, because they have diminished cognitive abilities, like a narrowing of their useful field of view. Also, these drivers are more likely to be involved in such accidents, because they are less likely to judge a vehicle’s speed properly.

Additionally, the physical challenges that senior drivers face, like a lowered ability to control the movement of the vehicle, probably reduces their ability to avoid such collisions. Reflexes also have a lot to do with these accidents. Senior drivers may be less likely to turn their heads quickly to look for an accident hazard approaching from the side.

Interestingly enough, the inability to scan for accident hazards is one crash factor that is present in accidents involving teenage drivers too. However, among young drivers, the reasons for this are inexperience, and lack of driving skills. However, it’s slowing physical and mental abilities that prevent seniors from scanning for accident hazards adequately.


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