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Certain substances and conditions can impair your mobility which can affect your safety and the safety of others around you.

Be familiar with what can decrease yours and otherís efficiency in transportation and help increase your safety along with everyone around you.

 

Alcohol

 

Alcohol is a depressant that slows the reaction time of the central nervous system.

 

Alcohol can affect mobility by causing:

-        Impaired vision

-        Lowered concentration and vigilance

-        Difficulty doing several tasks at once (e.g. keep in the lane and in the right direction, while concentrating on other traffic, and watching out for pedestrians)

-        Over confidence, which may lead to risk taking

 

With walking or biking alcohol can cause:

-        Head rush- the effect of alcohol entering the blood brain barrier faster due to increased movement

-        Body temperature rises that can lead to an increase in heat illness

 

You can help promote safe & responsible drinking by:

-        Have a designated driver who remains sober to ensure everyone makes it to their destination safely

-        Keep track of how much you consume

-        Limit your drinking

-        Have a backup plan

 

With any substance we encourage you to consume responsibly, do not drive while under the influence and be aware of your situation before consumption. If you have an addiction problem with alcohol we encourage you to seek help. For alcohol addiction you may start at any of these sites.

-        http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/alcohol-addiction-treatment-and-self-help.htm

-        http://www.rehabcenter.net/alcohol-treatment/?gclid=CN_S1dbYhskCFUo8gQodZqANtQ

 

 

Prescriptions

 

With all medications it is important that you read the warnings and understand how they might affect you. Side effects of medications can cause difficulties driving from drowsiness to nausea. Be sure to know how a medication can affect you.

 

For the majority of those on medications mobility is usually not a problem with their medication but check with your doctor if you feel that your mobility is impaired by your medication. Your doctor might be able to adjust your dosage or change your medication to one that helps prevent side effects.

 

For more information on how medication can affect driving please visit

-        http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/olddrive/medications/index.htm

 

Aging

 

Aging can lead to a multitude of changes in the way you are mobile.

 

These can include:

-        Stiff joints and mussels

-        Vision and hearing degradation

-        Slowed reaction time and reflexes

-        Alzheimerís and dementia

 

For more information on how aging can affect driving please visit

-      https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/older-drivers#information

 

Diabetes

 

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, can lead to confusion, delayed reaction, visual disturbances or loss of consciousness.In the absence of low blood sugar, people with diabetes may have impaired vision or nerve function in the feet, which can affect mobility.

 

Type 1 diabetic drivers are at increased risk for driving mishaps, but type 2 diabetic drivers, even on insulin, appear not to be at a higher risk than nondiabetic individuals.

 

If you are type 1 diabetic we encourage you to talk to your physicians about hypoglycemia and driving.

 

Glaucoma

 

Glaucoma can cause partial vision loss or total blindness. In typical cases peripheral vision is affected this can cause those with glaucoma to not see other cars, bicyclists, or pedestrians that are not in their central field of vision.

 

For more information on glaucoma and driving please visit

-      http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/olddrive/Driving_glaucoma/

 

Cataracts

 

Cataracts cloud the eye lens, having a cataract can make it harder for you to see the road, street signs, other cars

 

For more information on cataracts and driving please visit

-      http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/olddrive/Driving_cataract/

 

AD/HD

 

Adults and teens with AD/HD have many of the same challenges with inattentiveness and distractibility while driving. While additional years of experience can help to improve driving habits, adults with AD/HD must constantly be aware of how symptoms can affect their driving.

 

For more information on AD/HD and driving please visit

-      http://www.help4adhd.org/en/living/adultdriving