If you are an older driver, what can you do to keep yourself and loved ones safe on the road at night? First, assess your ability to drive safely.
Also take these steps:
- Make sure you visit an eye care professional at least once every two years, or even more frequently if you have a significant eye condition or visual complaint.
- Tell your optometrist about any problems you experience on the road at night so that you can undergo specialized testing, such as evaluation of your visual field or contrast sensitivity.
- If you have diabetes, get your eyes examined at least once yearly, and closely follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding diet, blood sugar control, insulin and self-care to reduce the risks of diabetic retinopathy, which can progress to severe vision loss without warning.
Expert Advice For Driving Safely
- Minimize the risks of driving at night as you get older by planning your trips before you leave home. Drive only on streets you know, and avoid dark, unlighted roadways. Limit your trips to places you can easily reach and that are close to home. Avoid risky spots like ramps and sharp turns.
- Plan for extra driving time if conditions are bad, and don’t drive if you are stressed or tired. Stay focused on driving only, avoiding distractions.
- Always drive defensively. Leave at least two car lengths between you and the car in front of you, and even more space in bad weather or when driving fast.
- Keep your windows clear, and drive a car with features that make driving safer, such as power steering, power brakes, automatic transmission and large mirrors.
- Keep your car in good repair, maintaining fresh windshield wipers and clean, aligned headlights. Consider hand controls for your accelerator pedal and brakes if you have leg problems.
- Always have your mobile phone with you and make sure you have the telephone numbers store of all emergency and police services.
Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.
For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:
McKenna & Scott Pinelands
Tel: 021 531 1953