Copperas Cove, TX 76522, US

(254) 290-3333

driving evaluation, Training, and driving retirement

Effects of aging on senior driving

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Why is it important?

  • Drivers over 70 have a higher risk of being involved in an accident
  • Medication and reduced physical function increase risk of accidents and injury
  • Fatality rate  increase because of fragility increases around ages 60-65
  • Drivers 85+ have the highest fatality rates per mile
  • More than 90% of crashes are preventable

Senior driving: Warning Areas & What you should know.

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Cognition

  • Attention and alertness
  • Problem Solving
  • Memory
  • Way Finding Skills
  • Reactivity and Anticipation 

Vision

  • Depth perception 
  • Peripheral vision 
  • Visual spatial skills 
  • Contrast sensitivity  

Affects Motor Function

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Endurance
  • Reaction Time
  • Range of motion 

Client and family Education

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Warning Signs

  • Slow or poor decisions
  • Easily frustrated or confused
  • Frequently gets lost, even in familiar areas
  • Needs help or instructions from passengers, “copilot”
  • Easily distracted
  • Not anticipating potential dangerous situations
  • Confusion at Exits
  • Doesn’t observe signs, signals, or other traffic
  • Inappropriate driving speeds (too fast or too slow)
  • Poor road position, or wide turns
  • Accidents or near misses
  • Difficulty with parking (parking outside the lines, taking up multiple spaces)
  • Other drivers often honk horns
  • Ticketed moving violations or warnings

Family Education

  • Look at frequency and severity of signs
  • Look for changes in driving skills
  • Look for patterns
  • Avoid an alarming reaction
  • Track observations over time
  • Ask partner, family and friends

If you are concerned what should you do first?

How we can help

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