Elderly drivers issued warning of eyesight issues after pensioner plunges car into water

A 70-year-old pensioner from Southampton determined to go for a drive across the New Forest on the night of February 2 earlier this year. After a number of hours, he tried to finish a flip within the street, however ended up plunged within the water close to Lymington.

Nearby residents helped rescue the person and took him to hospital the place he was later identified with vascular dementia.

This is a gradual and deteriorating situation which presents as episodes of confusion.

As a consequence of the incident, the person has since surrendered his driving licence.

Sergeant Nick Tucker, of Hampshire police, mentioned: “We all get older and our eyesight and a few of our skills diminish over the course of time.

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Elderly drivers are additionally in danger of fines and different punishments as a quantity of circumstances together with presbyopia, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMG) can all worsen with previous age. 

If left untreated, these circumstances can all trigger main issues for drivers, obstructing their imaginative and prescient and creating hazardous conditions for themselves, different drivers and pedestrians.

Sergeant Dave Hazlett, continued, saying: “The key message is about not turning into complacent about our driving. 

“We know that many older drivers have a wealth of expertise nonetheless as we grow old our sight, listening to, response instances and judgement of velocity and distance might not be as sharp because it as soon as was.

“We usually choose up unhealthy habits which turn out to be the norm with out being conscious of it.

“The Older Drivers Forum can assist by giving recommendation on voluntary driving value determinations to fit your wants or build confidence.

“Our recommendation is don’t wait till you’ve gotten a close to miss, or worse, an accident to persuade you to review your driving potential or to cease driving.

“Instead take preventative measures by planning forward and searching for recommendation and help early.”

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