The American Automobile Association or AAA now offers a take-at-home test to help older drivers gauge their ability behind the wheel. Called AAA Roadwise Review – it comes on a cd-rom, and loads on most home computers. The program tests for vision, working memory, leg strength and mobility, head and neck flexibility, and reaction time. Director of Driver Improvement for AAA South - Yoli Buss – says it’s about raising awareness among older drivers of their own abilities…and what steps they need to take to drive safely.
“People are concerned about their driving…especially when we get older…you know there are always going to be one or two, but what this does is give you recommendations. If it says you’re eyesight isn’t as good as it should be, perhaps you shouldn’t drive at night or very early in the morning. There are all kinds of things that occupational therapists have now to keep us behind the wheel longer…but not only longer…but not only longer, safer.”
The test is confidential. Buss says healthcare professionals who work Parkinson’s patients are also using the test to monitor them. The software costs $10 for members, and $15 for non-members. It’s available at your local Triple-A office—or online.
Wednesday, 09 March 2005 00:00