Prevention of Automobile accidents injury
Prevention of Automobile accidents injury:
Perhaps you already know some driving situations that are hard –
night, highways, rush hour, and bad weather. You might avoid these
types of driving and limit your trips to shopping and visits to the
doctor. This lowers your chance of having an accident.
While driving, older drivers are most at risk while yielding
right of way, turning, especially left turns, lane changing,
passing, and using expressway ramps. Pay extra attention at those
times. If there is not a left-turn light, look for alternate routes
that do provide such lights.
Most of the advice for older drivers is helpful for all drivers.
Plan your trips ahead of time. Stick to streets you know. Don’t
drive under stress. Keep distractions such as the fan, radio, or
talking, to a minimum. Leave a big space between your car and the
one in front of you. Don’t drive when you are tired.
Think about taking a driving refresher class. Some car insurance
companies reduce your payment if you pass such a class. The AARP
(American Association of Retired Persons) sponsors “55 ALIVE/Mature
Driving.” Call 1-888-227-7669 (1-888-AARP NOW) for details about
courses in your area. The AAA (American Automobile Association) has
a similar class called “Safe Driving for Mature Operators.” Contact
your local AAA’s office for class information. These are 8-hour
classroom courses that talk about the aging process and help drivers
adjust. You might also check with a local private driving school.
Ask if they have an instructor who teaches older drivers. You might
want to take such a review every few years.
Certain features on your car can make driving easier. Power
steering, power brakes, automatic transmission, and larger mirrors
are all helpful. Keeping the headlights on at all times and having a
light-colored car helps other drivers see you. Hand controls for the
accelerator and brakes might be of use to someone with leg problems.
Keep the headlights clean and aligned, and check the windshield
wiper blades often. A rear-window defroster is a good way to keep
that window clear at all times.
Air bags have saved many lives. Advanced age is not a reason for
disconnecting an air bag. However, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration suggests that air bags may not be as effective
in preventing serious injury or death in people over 70 years of age
as they are in younger people. Older people are more likely to be
injured in a traffic accident. Their bones and blood vessels may be
rigid. They might break easily. If the accident is minor, emergency
personnel may not realize the possibility of internal bleeding in
time. People of any age should push their seats as far back as
possible from the air bags in both the steering wheel and the
passenger side. Of course, everyone in the car should always wear
their seat belts. (Source: excerpt from Older Drivers -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)
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