Aging can seriously affect driving skills

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DRIVE SAFELY: Medical check-ups and eye tests can ensure you keep your licence.

AS part of the series, we answer some common driving questions and keep you updated on the latest driving and road news kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, who set up the N332 website and Facebook page to help break down barriers.

AS we all get older, our body gets older and all too often without us realising that gradual changes have been made including reduced vision, limited mobility, tremors and muscle spasms. All of these are natural age-related signs the body is slowing down, but they can affect the way you drive and have fatal consequences when mixed with road accidents.

In the event of being involved in an accident, the Guardia Civil traffic department has the authority to withdraw your licence at the roadside if they feel your health and status is a contributing factor in the accident. As a result, you may need to have medical proof to resolve the issue and regain your licence.

In 2015, in the Ourense area of Spain, some 45 drivers had their licences withdrawn that year on suspicion of being unfit to drive on medical grounds. Most of those drivers have given up driving altogether, whilst others have taken to obtaining a certificate to prove they are able to drive by carrying out a fitness course and test. Three of those drivers failed.

During your medical check ups with the doctor or optician, it is vital that you mention that you are a driver so they can monitor your ability and the consequences of any treatments and conditions to ensure you remain fit to drive.

 

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