As we age, driving can become more difficult; our vision and reflexes are not as reliable as they used to be. With wet, slick and sometimes freezing roads during the winter season, driving can become even more dangerous. Find out how you can better navigate the dangerous, wintery roads this season by reading on.
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Life Alert is great for home protection, but if you are out and about or an active senior Life Alert Mobile with GPS will keep you protected while on-the-go. So if you find yourself lost in a snow storm use Life Alert Mobile with GPS, for all other wintery roads preparations, read these tips from John’s Driving School.
- Parking Lot Dangers: Slipping and falling on ice can hurt, no matter what your age. For the elderly, recuperation time can be prolonged due to the age of the bones and muscles in the body. Worse, elderly people who face slip-and-fall injuries may face lasting, permanent damages. If you’re headed out for a drive, be sure to wear winter boots or another type of skid-resistant shoe. Be mindful of the area your car is parked in, and look out for any puddles that may have frozen to ice.
- Vehicle Check-list: Have your car inspected to ensure it is in optimum driving condition. Check the basics like oil, tires, battery, and windshield wipers. Your battery will have more trouble starting in the cold, so if it needs to be replaced do so immediately. Windshield wipers should be intact and functional to clear away any melted snow or ice. Be sure to also check your windshield wiper fluid. Murky water can easily fly up from the tires of vehicles in front of you and quickly freeze onto your windshield.
- Emergency Safety Kit: Make your trunk your safety blanket. We mean that figuratively, of course! Pack your trunk with certain provisions in case of an emergency, such as a blanket, shovel, spare ice scraper, an extra set of warm clothing, and cat litter or ice melt. If you find your car stuck in the ice, cat litter can act as a slip-resistant surface for your tire to create traction on. It is recommended that you store an extra jug of wiper fluid in your trunk in case you run out while you’re out on the road.
- Personal Health: As you age, your body loses the sharpness abilities like vision, hearing, and motor reflexes. Certain pains or ailments that you may experience in old age can make driving difficult. For example, pain or stiffness in your neck can make it hard to look left and right when turning your vehicle. Poor vision can limit you to driving to a certain time of day, in order to drive safely. Pay attention to the ways that your body is changing, and schedule regular appointments with your doctor to ensure you are in driving condition, especially throughout the winter.
- Car Control: Automatic transmission, power steering and breaks are all features that will make driving in your old age easier, but you should still be mindful of other drivers on the road. In the winter months, allow more time for slowing and stopping to avoid problems with ice. Pay close attention to the roads, being mindful of pot holes and snow banks. Watch out for erratic drivers who may think the roads are less slick than they really are.
By using these simple tips, you can ensure a safer drive during the wind, rain, sleet or snow! Did you know that 52 percent of reported crashes occurred five miles or less from home and a whopping 77 percent occurred fifteen miles or less from home? A simple drive to the drug store could turn devastating which is why it is so important to have great personal protection when you hit the road. With Life Alert Mobile with GPS you can get just that. Take their lightweight and easy to use HELP Phone anytime you leave the house and with a simple touch of a button, Life Alert’s 24/7 dispatch team can locate you and send help fast. Whether its winter, spring, summer, or fall, or if you are at home or out and about, Life Alert’s Protection is a great addition to your safety at home or on the go. For a free brochure on all of Life Alert’s lifesaving services call 1-800-513-2934.
- “Winter Driving Tips for the Elderly.” John’s Driving School. <http://www.icandrive.com/resources/winter-driving-tips-for-the-elderly/>.
- “Claims Survey Finds There’s No Place Like Home – For Vehicle Crashes.” Progressive. <https://www.progressive.com/newsroom/article/2002/may/fivemiles/>.