The car is our own freedom machine – it has become something like an extension of ourselves. Whether you prefer the music or the silence of the road, driving can give you a little time to pamper yourself. The independence to jump in the car and go visit, shop or take ourselves to our appointments is a wonderful thing. But when is it time to hang up the keys? and … how does aging affect our driving?
As we get older, our vision, reflexes, and hearing change. These changes can make it harder for us to drive safely. For most of us, as we age; our vision gets weaker. Our reflexes get slower. We may not be able to brake or turn the wheel quickly if we need to. Weak muscles and stiff joints can make it hard to look behind as we back up.
Of these changes, vision is the most important.
Our ORCODA CONNECT clients tell us that’s not the only consideration – huge car-parks on multiple levels and long walks over uneven ground to the Hospital or shops can be a real hazard and take away the enjoyment of getting out and about. Often taxi or Uber drivers may not understand us as well, or cannot or will not assist us – door to door.
Here is the ORCODA CONNECT DIFFERENCE ;
- Our vehicles are sanitised and clean.
- Our drivers care, they are qualified, and locally recruited
- We drop you off, walk you into where you are shopping, then we come back and get you at a pre-booked time. We can then come back into the store and grab your bags, should they not be able to be carried.
- We take you to social activities, clubs, parks, community centres, chess, card games with friends etc. all subject to COVID restrictions of course.
- We are an NDIS provider who transports NDIS clients with direct billing through to your NDIS account.
Aging affects your vision in several ways:
Light. The older you are, the more light you need to drive. To see well, a 60-year-old needs 10 times as much light as a 19-year-old. This is why it’s a good idea to avoid driving at night if you can.
Focus. How well your eyes can change focus declines as you age. Younger drivers need only about 2 seconds to adjust their focus from near to far, such as looking from the dashboard to the road ahead. Drivers over age 40 need 3 seconds or more. The older you are, the more time your eyes need.
Colours. Colours, especially red, get harder to see as you age. Some older drivers take twice as long to see the flash of brake lights as younger drivers.
Depth perception. As you age, your vision gets weaker. You may not have good side vision or depth perception. This makes it harder for you to judge how fast other cars are moving.
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