Even without the latest technology, all drivers should be aware of the dangers of sleepwalking. Read the CR manual to stay alert while driving.
According to Jen Stockburger, director of operation of the CR self-test center and safety expert on driving, drivers can also take steps to protect themselves from an emergency medical situation. This is especially true for those who may have a known condition that may affect them while driving.
• Stop if you don’t feel well. “If something goes wrong, stop,” Stockburger says. This is including if you feel dizzy, tired, dizzy or otherwise “unwelcome”. This is especially true if you have diabetes and you may have hypoglycemia, says Dobbs, a professor of family medicine at the University of Alberta.
• Look at your medication. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications, including antihistamines, antidepressants, some blood pressure medications, some anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, and sleep medications, can make you drowsy. Talk to your doctor if you feel drowsy while driving.
• Keep your phone with you. If you get into the habit of taking your phone with you every time you drive – even on short trips – you will be able to call a friend or family member to come after you if you have to stop because you don’t feel well behind the wheel.
• Make sure the SOS button is active. Many new cars come with a button – usually red and located next to a rear-view mirror or headlight – that can trigger emergency services at the touch of a button. These buttons do not call 911 directly, but rather connect you to a call center operator who can help you assess the situation and send emergency services only when needed. One caveat: millions of cars will lose this functionality in 2022 due to changes in the cellular network. Make sure your car is not one of them. If your car does not have this feature, it is even more important to keep your phone with you every time you drive.
• Consider summarizing your location. You can share your location with trusted contacts from many smartphones. Otherwise, you can tell a friend or family member where you are heading and when you expect to return. Also think about what route you plan to take. “Tell people where you expect to be and when, especially in rural or remote areas or other places where there can’t be a reliable cellular connection,” says Stockburger.
• Evaluate your own management. “If you’re frequent on the curb, confusing gas and brakes, or getting lost behind the wheel, it may be time to think about alternatives to driving not only for your own safety, but for the safety of others,” says Stockburger. You can talk to friends or family or contact the local Council on Aging. AAA also offers an assessment of senior drivers for senior drivers who may question their driving skills.