9 Mistakes Older Drivers Frequently Make

Older drivers can be great, sensible drivers who are considerate to others on the road. However, they can also make mistakes without even realizing it. Studies have shown that many older drivers make mistakes due to the natural ageing process. Some of these mistakes aren’t critical, but others can be quite dangerous if left unchecked. Below, we’ll take a look at 9 mistakes that older drivers frequently make so you can get an idea of what you must avoid:

1. Driving Under The Influence

Many older drivers believe that with their years of experience they can drive under the influence and it will have little effect on their driving skills. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous and even just a couple of drinks could impair you enough to cause accidents and mistakes. If you know your driving skills are already impaired due to age, you definitely shouldn’t be doing anything that could impair them further. If you believe you’re still a great driver, keep it that way and make sure you stay under the limit. 

2. Driving When Tired

Driving when tired can be just as bad as driving under the influence. You might not think it’s a big deal, but getting a good night’s sleep is so important if you plan on taking a road trip the next day. A good night’s sleep can make a huge difference to your outlook and productivity, amongst other things. If you want to stay safe as you drive, you can’t burn the candle at both ends. You can get away with less sleep as you age, but you still need to make sure you’re getting enough to stay safe on the road. People have fallen asleep while driving before, so don’t think that it won’t happen to you. 

3. Speeding 

There aren’t many people who can get away with speeding – unless they are an emergency services employee. Speeding is dangerous. There’s a reason speed limits are allocated to certain areas. The least that will happen if you speed is a fine. At most, you could encounter an unexpected bend in the road or obstacle and have an accident. It happens to even the most careful drivers, and it’s even more likely to happen if you’re speeding. Speeding in rural areas or town areas, especially near schools, is particularly dangerous. You may be a confident driver but you should still stick to the speed limit.

Bear in mind that driving too slow for the speed limit can also be dangerous. Some drivers get nervous as they age and end up doing well below the speed limit, but this can be just as big a problem as going above it. Be mindful and stick to the speed limit. 

4. Waiting Too Long For An Eye Test

Having regular eye tests should be a given for older drivers, but many convince themselves that they don’t need one. You could end up in hot water if you drive with impaired vision, so get an eye test as soon as you can. You can then visit website to find a pair of suitable glasses. Don’t put it off any longer. Not only can an eye test pinpoint issues with your vision, it can ensure optimal eye health and spot issues early on. 

5. Driving When It Would Be Better To Take Public Transport

In some cases, it’s better to stay at home, or if you must travel, get public transport. In instances of bad weather and at busy times of day, getting public transport is often best. 

6. Forgetting To Signal

Don’t get lazy and forget to signal – this is a bad habit many older drivers end up picking up. Always use your turn signals properly and be courteous to other drivers. 

7. Driving On Autopilot 

Try to stay mindful and focused as you drive, especially on long drives. Driving on autopilot can cause problems and is something many of us get used to when we take the same routes every day. 

8. Sitting Incorrectly

If you drive a lot, sitting properly is key. There are certain tools you can use to help you with this. You don’t want to end up with long term posture problems! 

9. Drifting Over Lanes 

It can be easy to drift over lanes without signaling, and sometimes, not even knowing that you’re doing it. This is why staying mindful and alert is key. Stay in your lane!

If you’ve been making these mistakes, rectify them before it’s too late.

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.