Sometimes, people may be worried that their family member or loved one’s health is failing to the point where their vehicle operation is becoming affected. A common example of this is when an elderly person begins to show signs of cognitive decline. Family members may notice that the older person is becoming increasingly forgetful, gets lost more easily, or shows behavioural changes that they are concerned about. In such instances, it is important to help the person see their doctor and get a driver medical so these worries can be further investigated. This is crucial not only for the older person but also for all road users. However, when a person who has been on the road for most of their life is faced with the possibility that they may be starting to lose this ability, it is often very difficult to accept. Navigating through the possibility that a health issue may be infringing on someone’s vehicle operation skills requires careful discussion involving the person, their family, and doctor.
3. Brush up on road rules and ride safely
Once vehicle operators secure their licence and receive their medical driving assessment, it can be easy to forget that road rules can change. We often no longer take the time to learn about any changes to traffic laws or rules. For example, in recent years, new laws regarding the use of mobile phones whilst on the road have come into effect across NSW. It is important for motorists to keep up-to-date with any changes so that they utilise the road safely and legally. The NSW government also has the Road User Handbook available on its website to encourage people to keep informed about the latest road rules in the state.
Of course, staying informed about road rules is only half of the equation – it is just as crucial to follow the rules of the road just as it is to get a driver medical. This means that motorists must adhere to speed limits and avoid engaging in behaviours that increase the risk of accidents such as speeding and other dangerous behaviours. This also includes not getting behind a wheel when under the influence of drugs or alcohol and ensuring that you have an alternate option to get home when planning to consume alcohol. Often, this means organising a designated person within your group or utilising taxis or Uber services when not you are not suitable to operate a vehicle.