Safer driving for older drivers so that you can avoid a car accident
Although an older driver will usually have far more experience on the roads than a younger one, this does not mean that they are safer and less likely to be involved in a Thurrock car accident. There are reasons that older drivers have much stricter restrictions, must retake driving tests after a certain age, and are more expensive to insure.
These reasons include the deterioration of the body and the slower reaction times that older people tend to have. If you are over 65 and want to continue driving, but also want to avoid a Thurrock car accident, there is absolutely no reason you should give up your car. Just follow these simple steps to stay safe:
- Have regular eye checks. It is a sad fact of life that your eyesight will continue to deteriorate as you get older, and that your eyesight after ten years of driving may be radically different from how it was the day you took your original test. Get checked regularly and always wear any prescribed glasses when driving.
- Try an automatic. It can get more difficult to deal with the physical side of driving as you get older. An automatic car provides a less stressful driving experience.
- Take familiar and quiet routes. As you get older, your reaction times naturally slow. There is nothing you can do about this, but if you choose to take more familiar routes then you will be more able to spot potential hazards and deal with them.
- Allow plenty of space between you and other vehicles. This is a good rule of thumb for any driver, not just older ones, and can help you to avoid accidents.
When to claim compensation for a Thurrock car accident
In a Thurrock car accident where there is an older driver involved, many people may place the blame on that person. However, accidents happen all the time to people of all ages. If you are involved in an accident which you know to be the fault of another driver, you can get the advice and support you need to process your claim from Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Our friendly, helpful team are here to talk you through your accident and help you decide whether or not you want to proceed with a claim, based on whether your claim is likely to be successful or not. If it is, then you will be passed over to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis to get you the compensation you deserve, and will also work on your behalf so that you don’t have to go to court.