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Safe driving in old age

The Straßtraffic masters: With increasing age fällt driving a car is often heavier. How to stay mobile and the family-a transition unterstüis able to support

Braking on wet Straße: driving training in every age more security

The Köthe body is far leaning to the front, the view is fixed rigidly to the Straße, the Hände umklam­mern the steering Wheel. Who äolder people at the wheel of thinking, often has the image of an insecure-looking old man in the head – and some of the headline: "Senior is a crash with a car in Schaufenster", "Senior fährt against Hauswand", "The Senior caused a Domino Unfall". There are many wounded, even Dead, äolder people than Unfall­polluter-pays quickly focus on öffent­side discussions.

The Numbers give critics partly right. 75 years old or äolder motorists are involved in an accident, this according to the Federal statistical office, in 75 percent of the Fälle is self-caused – of all age groups with the distance of the höthe most value. "The stereotype is that Äolder much more Unfälle cause as Jülonger, is not true," transport psychologist Professor Bernhard Schlag from the Technical University of Dresden says.

Young drivers build more Unfälle

Absolutely the 18, considered – to 24 – Jämen the größEUA danger. They caused 2015 around 41.300 Unfähell, people over 75, however, to 15,700. Nevertheless, "Eventually, sensory, cognitive and motor Einschräon the für driving the car quite relevant sind", blow says.

However, this is no reason, the Fülicense, or the ability to Drive is mandatory on the Prüto make fstand, as both großen automobile clubs (ADAC and AVD). "We are talking us only für a voluntary Prüfung aus", about Herbert Engel-Mohr, a spokesman for the automobile club of Germany (AVD). "Anyway Yes, every driver should have before each Driving their own Driving ability überprüfen."

If the passenger is scared

Äolder drivers compensate for their Einschrärestrictions up to a certain Maß intuitively, erklärt expert blow. "You drive slower, to avoid the commuter traffic and trips in Dädusk and darkness, use für lälonger routes ömore often the web."

But when stößt Driving at the age tatsäthe take limits? Usually the Au&szlig recognize;generated rather than the person itself admit mönot a big deal. For example, if you are in the passenger seat at the sweetheart w&uuml mitbremsen;authorities, because the Person behind the Wheel spät responds. Or if FußgäViking übersehen and Parklücover will no longer be targeted accurately. Wäwhile the Senior at the wheel of dismiss this first signs, perhaps, as a trifle, is Angehömembered mostly fear and worry. Für all Involved in an extremely difficult Situation, says psychologist shock. Especially für the victims themselves.

Only with Fingerspitzengefühl criticize

"You are 50, 60 years of driving. Subjectively you have a Mobilitätsgeschichte, very closely and successfully with the car connected ist", the expert emphasized. Who is this driving competence into question, of the harvest, not infrequently, anger, and defense. "This is perceived as an attack on the General self-worth. As a claim that the person was no longer who he was." Admitting that some things in the age veräther, was a difficult learning process.

Angehöolds need Fingerspitzengefühl. Children and grandchildren köcan offer rides to üaccept. Or even as a passenger ride and Rüfeedback give – "if the Vertrauensverhäratio as is and the at the end not persöphotography taken wird", beat says and warns: "Confrontational Rückmeldungen generate not only resistance." The Angehömembered mübiggest try, the own insight of the person Concerned to föpromote. This may be in the ideal case, the impulse, the äolder drivers themselves actively f&uuml, about;r a Training log.

Driving training für seniors

So-called driver safety training köcan seniors f&uuml help fit;r the Straßto remain in traffic.

In General, practical driving &Uuml be;exercises with the own car, and it will focus on the specific interests of the participants.

Such training für senior citizens are not only of the three großen automobile clubs ADAC, AVD and ACE ­offered, but also of many driving schools, branches of the transport controls or the community colleges.

The Training has no negative consequences – the Fülicense may not be confiscated.

Übungsrunden turn

In studies it has been shown that accompanied driving with a driving instructor to bring significant improvements köcan. "Thus, it was not so important, what wurde&quot trained;, blow says. Important is the professional Unterst&uuml was only;up.

The traffic expert calls dafür, the Mobilität äof older people for as long as möto get resembled. "You remain unabhäregardless." The könne to save costs and Lebensqualität.

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