Car Trackers Help Senior Drivers
When most people think of dangerous motorists they instantly think of teen drivers. And it is true that teens are more high-risk drivers than any other groups of drivers, but seniors are the drivers most likely to be killed or injured in a automobile accident. Part of this can be attributed to senior drivers having age-related vulnerabilities like medical conditions, slower reaction times or even physical issues such as fragile bones. Regardless, the concern for senior divers in Jackson Township is very real and that is why organizations such as AAA Ohio Auto Club among other safe driving agencies sponsored an event called Keep Seniors Driving Safe. The event focuses on elderly drivers and how prescription drugs, blurred vision and other issues facing seniors can impact safe driving. The Jackson Township safe driving event also discussed the use of car tracking GPS units to enhance senior safety.
Seniors are considered safe drivers (insert joke about any senior driver going 45mph in a 60mph zone), but the Keep Seniors Driving Safely Program still offers significant value to older seniors. According to statistics, there are over 33 million older motorists with licenses i the United States, and the U.S. Census Bureau reports 20% of all motorists will be over the age of 65 by 2030. Therefore, it is important for seniors to understand some of the ways they can increase safe driving behavior.
The event teaches seniors to focus on the simple things they can control to boost driving safety such as checking tire pressure, positioning mirrors, being aware of outside distractions but most importantly having self-awareness. Many seniors drive to doctors appointments and run personal errands, but many times those senior drivers are on medication. Therefore, it is important for all senior drivers to be self-aware of their physical condition and not drive if they are feeling light-headed, dizzy or any other way that could impair therefrom driving safely.
GPS Tracking Devices For Seniors
Many elderly folks wear senior GPS tracking bracelets that offer a panic button feature where they can call out for help in a emergency situation, but families can use this same locational technology to track the vehicle of a senior 24/7. When a senior has a live GPS monitoring system equipped to their automobile, family members in different spots across the country can view how a senior is driving. With this real-time tracking data a family can determine if a senior is driving erratically or getting lost.
What Seniors Say About Safe Driving
Senior motorists understand the world the live in now is not the same as the one that existed when they first got their driver’s licenses. In fact, many seniors have their own concerns about driving, as they feel other motorists are more distracted now than anytime in the past. Many elderly drivers are quick to point out how other motorists will talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving, something that is rarely seen among senior drivers.
For more information on safe driving programs local police and the AAA are available to provide assistance and guide seniors with questions in the right direction