Senior Drivers Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Over time a decline in sensory function begins to take place due to age. The major sense the elderly begin to have trouble with is sight. A very important sense needed in driving an automobile. At the age of 70 and above vision fields begin to narrow and loss of color becomes more common in people. The decline of vision begins somewhere around the age of 40 and continues to worsen as time goes by. The noticeable problems that could affect driving become a problem around the age of 60 (Heiting). Loss of peripheral vision could contribute to not seeing what is beside you or behind you. This could cause an elderly person to change into another lane and a car be in their blind spot. Losing the ability to distinguish colors could cause a senior to run a red light and hit another person that has the right away. The loss of vision would be devastating to one’s driving skills. Another change in the eyes that occurs around the age of 60 would be muscles around the pupil weakening. This would prevent a person from being able to focus on objects and see clearly. Also sun light could easily blind a driver from the pupils not being able to adjust to the light intensity …show more content…
Their bodies become frail and their muscles will not be as strong and reliable as they once were. The aging process in every human reduces strength, coordination and flexibility (Saison). All three provide a person with a safe ability to drive. If one or more is lost the ability to drive safely is diminished. Strength allows a person to effectively and quickly turn a steering wheel. Flexibility gives a person the ability to turn the steering wheel properly without restraint. Coordination allows th driver to stay on the road or in the proper lane without fail (Saison). The body is not the only thing to weaken with the aging process. The mind also begins to weaken and work much slower with time. With this it can become more difficult for an elderly person to pay attention to the road or notice caution signs. An example would be an elderly driver not realizing the car in front of them has stopped or slowed down thus resulting in crashing into the rear of the car. Reaction time also begins to fade with the mind (Saison). Reaction time is necessary in being able to make lane changes properly and prevent possible accidents. Having a diminished reaction time could result in an accident or car …show more content…
The first is another written test taking at your local DMV. The test consists of twenty- five questions on safe driving and road signs. Following the written test a driving test is giving. During the driving portion of the test an employee of the DMV rides along with you in your car giving you driving instructions on where to go. It involves properly making right and left turns and also performing a three point turn around properly. Passing all tests will give a person the privilege to drive. Failing any portion will result in having to start over from the very beginning with the in class lesson

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