The Ageing Process
As we get older, very gradual changes happen involving our eyesight and our capacity to think quickly enough for some of the demands of driving on very busy roads.
Most drivers are sensible enough to realise this and compensate. However, there may be driving habits you have built up over many years that now put you at more risk.
We can help you to understand this process and how to maintain your safety.
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The Ageing Effect on Driving.
The two main ageing effects on your driving are:
Your ability to process information as fast as you once could.
Individually, these can both play a minor part to gradually making us less safe unless we make some compensations in our driving. But combined the problem can multiply. Here is why:
Most of us find that me need stronger glasses for reading as we get older but we also need corrections to our driving or longer distance vision. Varifocals will enable us to see in the distance as well as the information on the dashboard in front of us.
However, it is less difficult to correct the fact that our eyes take in less light and take much longer to adjust to changing light intensities, such as being dazzled by headlights at night.
It is also not so easy to overcome some common eye conditions that often occur as we age, such as cataracts and Glaucoma.
All of these things may mean we need to get a little closer to hazards or information boards to pick out the detail we need to make safe decisions.
It gradually takes longer, as we age, to take in visual in information and then make a decision on what to do. This can be noticed in many aspects of life, such as learning how to use a new phone.
The situation is further complicated by the increased likelihood we are faced with of developing a cognitive impairment which may develop into a diagnosed dementia.
Most people are sensible and compensate for these declines, such as steering clear of the faster and more complex road layouts, particularly if they are unfamiliar.
Combination of eyesight and cognitive problems.
Consider the situation approaching a large, unfamiliar roundabout. We need to rely on the signboards to tell us the position of our required exit and therefore, make a choice on which lane to approach in. At the same time we need to take in information from all around us to see what other drivers are doing and the layout of the junction onto the roundabout.
Clearly, if we can see the information we need from a distance away we should have plenty of time to do all that is required for a safe approach.
The problem is that if we need to get close to the sign board to see the information, we then have less time to do all these other things and, what's more, it takes us longer because our information processing abilities shave slowed.
The safest solution is to avoid all these situations altogether but if we need to use these roads, we will need to slow our approach to give us more time to think.
Real World Driving Assessments
Currently only available from meeting points in Bournemouth , Poole and Christchurch. In your own car on the roads you would normally drive on.
As we get older, very gradual changes take place which can increase our road risk if we don't make adjustments.
Changes such as the speed at which we can process thoughts and information, making decisions, the ability to multi task and changes to our eyesight.
Have you had your driving assessed professionally since passing your test?
When you combine these gradual changes with any poor driving habits you may have had for years, the risk of a crash can rise.
So it is a good idea to enter older age with only good driving habits.
We can provide you with an unbiased, professional opinion of your driving skills based on the types of roads you need to drive on . This is not about picking holes in your driving but a real world assessment of how you drive and what would help you to continue driving for many more years.
Cost £40.00 includes driving risk assessment report.
Confidence Builder sessions
These sessions are ideal for those who have lost some confidence in driving. They will be tailored to match your needs. We will work with you to help you regain your confidence at your own pace. They take place from your home and in your own vehicle.
The length of the session will depend on your needs (minimum 1hour).
Cost is £40 per hour
Advanced Driver Training
Have you ever wondered how you would get on if you took an Advanced Driving Test? Statistics suggest that those that continually drive at 'Advanced' standard are around 50% less likely to have an accident.
Our Advanced Driver Trainers can advise you on what's involved and what you would need to improve on to be ready for an Advanced Test.
Cost is £40.00 per hour.