Eyesight deteriorates, and we may have hearing problems. We physically slow down and our attention span shortens.
More traffic — more problems. Vehicle numbers have tripled over the last 20 years.
If you're over 75, your licence is valid for only two to five years, you may need a medical certificate from your doctor, and you may have to take an on-road safety test.
There is a higher risk of injuries affecting us for the rest of our lives. Injuries will take longer to heal and some may not mend at all.
Modern cars have many safety features. Look for these features when replacing your car. Safe driving is the first defense but a safe vehicle is your protection during a crash.
An Antilock Braking System (ABS) will stop the
car without locking up the brakes.
☑️ Structural integrity and crumple zone
A car that has effective crumple zones absorbs the energy and increases protection for passengers.
☑️ Seatbelts and head rests
Seatbelts keep passengers protected inside the “protective shell" of the vehicle. Headrests minimize the effect of whiplash.
☑️ Airbags, side impact or curtain airbags
Airbags provide excellent protection, especially in combination with seat belts. Children under the age of 12 years should not travel in the front seat where the airbag may actually cause serious injury or death.
☑️ Electronic Stability Control
An excellent safety feature is electronic stability control (ESC), which is a computerised technology that improves the safety of a vehicle's stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding).