QUEBEC CITY, May 6, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Few people are aware that the
average 60-year-old needs three times as much light to see as clearly
as he or she did at age 20. And by age 75, that same person's field of
vision will even be reduced to two-thirds of what it originally was.
These are just two of the many facts that seniors and their family
members will learn on the new Web portal being launched for the public
by CAA-Quebec: seniorsdriving.caa.ca.
Besides providing demonstrations of the physical changes that occur as
we get older, the various tools and videos available on the portal can
help seniors stay safe on the road and, if need be, adjust some of
their driving habits.
Driving safely for as long as possible
Created by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), the new portal
clearly reflects CAA-Quebec's position: the organization seeks to
support seniors by helping them maintain safe driving skills for as
long as possible. "The number of older drivers in Quebec has been
increasing in recent decades, and the trend is going to continue in the
coming years, so this is obviously a subject that directly affects a
large part of the population," explains Yvon Lapointe, Director of the
CAA-Quebec Foundation. "We believe this site is a great addition to the
range of tools available to help large numbers of people be mindful and
well informed about the risks associated with aging and driving."
There's no age limit to being a good driver
CAA-Quebec believes that to ensure the safety of all road users, it's
important to raise awareness among families and motorists of the
changes that occur with age that have an impact on driving. Examples of
tools that seniors and their loved ones will find on the seniorsdriving.caa.ca portal include:
A questionnaire for assessing driving skills and areas for improvement;
Graphs illustrating some of the physical changes that affect driving
Techniques for safely executing important manoeuvres, like changing
lanes, making a left turn across oncoming traffic or merging with
Common signs to watch for that indicate driving skills are declining;
Tips on how family members can help;
Expert advice from the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian
Association for Occupational Therapists.
The CAA-Quebec Foundation: driving awareness!
The CAA-Quebec Foundation has a particular interest in safety and
mobility for seniors, and offers a free conference to companies and
organizations. Titled La bonne conduite n'a pas d'âge ("There's no age limit to being a good driver"), it is specially
designed for seniors and their family members, and features many of the
same topics covered on the seniorsdriving.caa.ca portal, including tips and reminders on how to manage challenging
driving conditions. A key aspect of the CAA-Quebec Foundation's mission
is to advance research and raise public awareness of the fundamental
issues of traffic safety.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges
to its 1,270,000 members.
For further information:
Assistant Director, Research and Public Affairs
418 624-2424, ext. 2418
Cell.: 418 580-1633