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Enhancing Road Safety: A Call for Regular Eye Examinations for Drivers Over 60

The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland have launched a new campaign encouraging older drivers to consider their driving habits and have a free regular NHS eye examination so they can continue driving safely.
 
29% of car driver casualties killed or seriously injured in road collisions were aged over 60 years.
 
As we age, our eyes undergo changes that can impact our vision. To ensure that older drivers can continue to drive safely, the campaign urges them to consider their driving habits and, importantly, to have regular, free NHS eye examinations. It's not just about adhering to a legal requirement; it's about proactively taking charge of one's safety on the road.
 
The campaign's message is clear: if you are over 60 or have noticed changes in your eyesight, a regular eye examination is not just a formality—it's a vital step toward ensuring your safety and the safety of others on the road. By detecting and addressing potential vision issues early on, older drivers can actively contribute to safer roads.
 
Staying healthy
 
  • · Getting enough sleep: Fatigue is a significant contributor to road accidents. Remember to make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel. It's not just about your safety; it's about the safety of everyone on the road. 
  • · Staying hydrated: Dehydration can lead to fatigue and reduced cognitive function. So try and keep water within arm's reach while driving, especially during long trips to stay alert on the road. 
  • · Minimise distractions: Try and avoid activities that divert attention from the road like eating, or adjusting the radio. Get a playlist ready before you set off, take regular breaks to eat and generally be aware of becoming distracted whilst driving. 
  • · Pack ahead: We all strive for a well-balanced diet but remember to try and avoid heavy or sugary foods that can induce sluggishness before you set off on a long journey. 
  • · Consider your medications: If you’re unsure whether it’s safe to drive on you current medication we recommend consulting with your doctor or healthcare provider about any potential side effects that might impact your ability to drive safely.
At How's My Driving, we believe that every action, big or small, contributes to the collective safety of our roads. The Scottish Government's campaign is not just a call to older drivers; it's a call to all of us to prioritise safety, by taking the time to look after our physical and mental health before we even step foot into the car.
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