Older revise the Highway Code

ÂgéesIls have people driving 70, 75 or 80 years and leads for years. But aware of their physical limitations (loss of vision, hearing) or changes in legislation, they do not hesitate to enroll in a refresher course.

Yet the elderly, contrary to popular belief, are not nearly as dangerous as they would have us believe. They are generally cautious and avoid risky situations: rain, fog, night driving or during major holidays (weekend or holidays).

To help, The Road Safety publishes brochures and offers refresher courses. One way to update their knowledge: what is new in the Highway Code? what is the meaning of certain panels? how to approach a roundabout? what is the impact of alcohol or drug driving? ...

Health and driving

Today, it is not old at 70.

However, driving is a complex task that requires good physiological and cognitive capabilities. However, with age, some of them deteriorate: the reaction time increases, the eyesight, especially at night means less; it often takes more drugs, some of which are incompatible with driving, the decision making becomes slower, which may pose a problem for exceeding or integration on a fast track ...

It is therefore your responsibility to regularly challenge and seek the advice of your physician if in doubt.

You will find here the guidance of Professor Jean-François Caillard, chairman of the Medical Association Road Safety.
What to do to drive as long as possible?
What precautions to take before driving?
When to consult his doctor?
Diminished capacity: what to do?

What precautions to take before driving?

When driving, there are still precautions to take ... and this is especially true when you get older. The point with Professor Jean-François Caillard, chairman of the Medical Association Road Safety:

In summary:

* While preparing his itinerary
* Be rested
* Do not be under the influence of drugs that alter alertness
* Do not overeat
* Do not drink alcohol
* Take breaks at regular intervals
* Be comfortable position in the vehicle
* Choose a vehicle in which access to the controls is easy and possibly automatic

To go further on the issue of drugs

Driving under the influence of drugs is a rather banal. France is indeed a country where consumption is most important. But taking certain medications can affect your driving. Among the most common side effects include: drowsiness, reduced alertness, impaired performance trial, euphoria, decreased the speed of reflexes, changes in vision, dizziness, disturbance of movements ...

And tranquilizers, sleeping pills and antidepressants are not the only ones involved. Cons cough syrups containing codeine or its derivatives, medicines against cold or pain, may cause drowsiness inconsistent with driving!
Our advice to reduce risks

* Ask your doctor and / or pharmacist. They must give you clear information on possible side effects of prescription products. They can possibly advise you to take it at another time or discontinued temporarily for a trip.

* Read the instructions and verify the presence of a pictogram warning on the box: yellow, orange, red, the color is intense, the association of drug with the conduct represents a risk factor .

Picto yellow

Be careful.
Do not drive without having read the instructions

Picto orange

Be very careful.
Do not drive without consulting a health professional

Picto red

WARNING: Do not drive.
For resumption of driving, ask the advice of a doctor

* Do not drink alcohol, the latter being capable of modifying the effects of drugs.

* Know you stop driving if you experience adverse reactions to drugs.

* Remember that these effects concern you as a motorist or motorcyclist, but also as a cyclist or pedestrian!

Also see "Tips" for more information on the various risk factors common to all drivers: alcohol, fatigue, stress, use of phones while driving ...

When to consult his doctor?

Unlike some European countries perceive the renewal of driving licenses passing a medical examination from 65 to 70 years in France, no medical examination is required. So you take your responsibilities and regularly seek advice from your doctor for your own safety and that of others.

Listen to the advice of Professor Jean-François Caillard, chairman of the Medical Association Road Safety.

In summary
It is your responsibility to consult your doctor:

* When you see signs that did not exist before (anxiety on arrival at a roundabout, a difficulty to decipher a road sign or see a vehicle ...)
* Or when your friends show some signs of anxiety.

Your doctor will do an assessment, give the appropriate advice, take appropriate therapeutic measures to compensate for deficiencies

See also aussiLire

* Decreased hearing or vision: our advice

Diminished capacity: what to do?

There comes a point where with age, although we do, are shrinking capacity and conduct becoming an issue. What to do in this case? Decide when to stop driving?

Listen to the answer of Professor Jean-François Caillard, chairman of the Medical Association Road Safety.

In summary

* Avoid driving under stressful conditions: high traffic, complex infrastructure, roundabouts which follow, weather, night ...
* Driving with a person who can take over in case of fatigue or stress.
* Agree to be driving, use public transport and choose a habitat not too far from the centers of life.

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