Driving is a multi-sensory experience that requires careful coordination and mastery of a wide array of skills. 90% of driver information is visual.
Vision is essential for driving. Gathering information with your eyes is called visual perception. Safe driving depends on your ability to notice many things at one time. A drivers eyes must move constantly. Good vision helps to identify road hazards, read signs and see your dashboard.
Drivers of any age with vision issues should take heed of their limitations and make modifications as needed these include:
- Macular degeneration
- Color blindness
A recent study has shown 1 in 5 drivers suffer from a visual defect. 33% of drivers have uncorrected vision.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one make an appointment with an eye care professional ASAP:
- Blurry vision
- Glare or halos when looking at oncoming headlights or street lights.
- A dark spot in your central vision or peripheral vision.
- Difficulty reading road signs or spotting pedestrians.
Aging motorist account for 18% of all traffic crashes in the US. Older drivers can make certain changes to improve their safety on the roadways:
- Take a senior driver improvement course- could lower Insurance rates also
- Reduce driving at night
- Accommodate for glare
- Be especially cautious at intersections
- Get annual vision checks