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IMPORTANCE OF DRIVING SIMULATORS FOR THE ELDERLY ONES

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The future of driver training.

There are a lot of things that happen when you drive on the road. Most of these things would not be planned for as you cannot predict how the other driver would go about their business. This applies to us whether we are young or elderly. Elderly ones, therefore, may find it much more difficult to navigate the road properly especially if the road is quite busy or if they are just learning how to drive for the first time in their lives. In most of the researches which have been conducted, it has been seen that the elderly persons are more likely to have accidents on the road when they hit certain ages such as 75 and above. Here are some of the reasons why seniors should take driving simulators;

  • FLEXIBILITY: one of the top things which most drivers have to possess when driving is flexibility. Like it or not, you are going to be in difficult situations while driving which only having enough flexibility can solve. The truth is that most seniors who are just starting out in driving might not really understand that a high level of flexibility is needed. Putting these ones on the road without sufficient training on flexibility would feel them dumbfounded as to what is really expected on the road. Driving simulators would allow them to take in what they really need to know about flexibility on the road before they actually get to drive in the real world.
  • DISEASES: most of the seniors who may need to learn how to drive may be affected by one ailment or the other. Some of these ailments would include dementia which would affect the memory of that person. The best way to test the impact of all these ailments on an elderly person is through simulation driving. You would be able to see all the flaws directly and help out in any way you can. Driving simulators are the best option when dealing with seniors who have problems with several illnesses but are looking to drive.
  • VISION: in order to drive safely until a person gets to their destination, the need to see where you are headed is very important. Most seniors face a major obstacle when it comes to their sight or vision due to their ages. Using a driving simulator would lead to them being better equipped to handle all the rigours that come with driving. They would be able to test if their vision would be just good enough to enable drive safely without becoming a menace to other drivers who are also on the road.

While seniors are actually more likely to have crashed after 75, the set of people who have accidents the most belong to the younger category. Therefore, elderly ones can actually contribute more to the safety of the road by taking driving simulations. Driving is not a joke and should be taken seriously. It means life or death for most people on the road.

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