Driving and your health
There are many different conditions which can affect you when driving or using the roads as a pedestrian.
Medication - Check warning labels on medication and don't drive if the medicine causes sleepiness, nausea, blurred or double vision, dizziness and shaking. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about the effects of your medication.
Vision - Whether you are using the roads as a driver or as a pedestrian, vision naturally deteriorates as we age. It is important to wear spectacles if they have been prescribed and to also have regular eye checks.
Flexibility - Some seniors may experience reduced flexibility and slower reaction time. These factors can also affect driving ability and your safety as a pedestrian. In addition, hearing problems, dementia and heart disease may also impact on a senior’s ability to drive safely or use the roads as a pedestrian.
WA Seniors can travel for free on all Transperth services between 9am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. All you need is a Seniors, Pensioner or Veterans SmartRider.
Listen to Road Safety Council Chairman Iain Cameron talk to the ABC’s Geoff Hutchison about the safety of senior drivers