3 Things to Consider for Driving Safely!
Matt Gurwell, the founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe, is a great example of one person making a BIG difference in the lives of others. Matt has created this national organization to work with older drivers and families concerned about their older loved ones driving safely.
Keeping Us Safe helps drivers and their families objectively discern whether driving abilities have diminished and if it’s truly time to give up the keys.
Matt’s Top Three Suggestions:
1.) Annual vision exams, regardless of age, are a priority for safe driving. The progression of diminishing vision is slow and barely noticeable. An annual eye exam decreases the likelihood of an accident from unnoticed impaired vision. Additionally, ophthalmologists sometimes identify other illnesses through eye exams.
2.) Consistent exercise allows for the full range of motion in the neck and shoulders and reduces the likelihood of critical errors. The ability to glance over one’s shoulder while backing or prior to a lane change is important for safety. Complete turns of the steering wheel, often used while backing out of parking spaces, require full shoulder movement. Reaction time is improved by speed and power moves that would be taught in quality exercise classes. Studies show that exercise slows cognitive decline, too.
3.) Regular check-ups with a primary physician are vitally important. Unfortunately, older adults are often on multiple medications, and these need to be reviewed regularly for potential side effects or drug interactions.
Possibly giving up the keys makes for a delicate situation. The driver’s age is NOT as important as his or her ability to drive safely. Keeping Us Safe brings peace to families who want to keep their loved ones safe but also desire to be respectful and considerate of their feelings.
Matt Gurwell gives great advice as he says that language is always important, but a conversation about driving must be handled carefully to preserve the dignity of the driver.
Hopefully, Keeping Us Safe will continue to expand to all 50 states!
Please share your thoughts in the comment box below…
Have you ever been concerned for an older loved one driving but you didn’t know how to handle it?
Does your community offer ample solutions for older drivers to give up their keys, yet still maintain independence?