Tips for Older Drivers In Nevada
Most older people are capable and have a lifetime of valuable driving experiences. For these reasons, decisions about a person’s ability to drive should never be based on age alone. However, changes in vision, physical fitness and reflexes may cause safety concerns. People who accurately assess these changes can adjust their driving habits so that they stay safe on the road or choose other kinds of transportation.
There are real risks for older drivers. Older adults make up nine percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities. Drivers age 55 and over are involved in more crashes per mile driven compared with drivers 30-54. In crashes of equal intensity, those 75 and older are three times more likely to die than a 20-year old and 80-year-olds are four times more likely.
If you are an older driver in Las Vegas, some of the following tips can help you avoid a traffic ticket or an accident:
- Be aware of the physical limitations which come with aging and how they may affect driving such as loss of visual acuity, diminished hearing, changes in physical strength, slower reaction time, and side effects of medication
- Plan your routes and keep to the plan. Avoid heavy traffic and driving at night. Do practice runs for new routes and trips you must make at night.
- Listen to what people tell you who know you best and care about you most.
- Discuss driving with your doctor. He or she can evaluate the interactions and side effects of all the medications you may be taking.
- Refresh your knowledge of safe driving practices and learn about new traffic control and roadway design features through a mature driver class.
- Begin planning for alternative ways of meeting your transportation needs. Learn about transportation options in your community, then try them out to see which options work best for you.
If you or someone you know has received a traffic ticket, contact our experienced Las Vegas traffic ticket attorneys today at (702) 433-2889.