Sometimes, people may be worried that their family member or loved one’s health is failing to the point where their driving is becoming affected. A common example of this is when older drivers begin 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 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 driving 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 medical issue may be infringing on someone’s driving skills requires careful discussion involving the person, their family and doctor.
Brush up on road rules and drive safely
Once drivers secure their licence, 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 driving have come into effect across NSW. It is important for drivers to keep up-to-date with any changes so that you utilise the road safely and legally. The NSW government also has the Road User Handbook availble 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. This means that drivers must adhere to speed limits and advoid engaging in behaviours that increase the risk of accidents such as speeding and dangerous driving behaviours. This also includes not driving 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 driver within your group or utilising taxis or Uber services when not you are not suitable to drive.