Getting older can signal changes in the way the body reacts to challenges. In many older people, impaired vision is a common problem. This indicates your vision is not clear or otherwise not reliable. If you have limited vision in any way, you may not be able to drive your vehicle safely.
When it comes to auto insurance, realize your policy protects against unpreventable loss. Being unable to see well generally does not fit this requirement. If you have changes in your vision, let your car insurance agent know about it. Then, work with your doctor to determine if you should be behind the wheel.
When Is Driving Unsafe?
There are various indications a person may be struggling to drive due to vision concerns. If you notice these, pull over. If you notice them in a loved one, it may be time to pursue care and potentially limit driving.
- You struggle to see well when there is snow or rain. Darkness makes it very dangerous for you to drive.
- You have trouble with spacing. You drive too close to the person in front of you. You may feel as though objects are closer or farther away than they really are.
- Your loved ones notice you do not maneuver the car well. You may struggle in tight parking spots. Your loved ones worry about your ability to stay in your lane.
- You cannot see the lights well. You struggle to tell the difference in red, yellow, and green. You see light that reflects significantly.
- You cannot see the signs on the highways or roadways well enough.
It is important to talk to your doctor about any changes in your vision. He or she will make recommendations to improve your vision, if possible. You may need glasses or a higher prescription. However, over time, this may not be helpful. Significant changes in vision might signal imminent problems.
When you get to this point, make the right decision. Don't drive. In some cases, doctors can report impaired vision concerns to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This can provide an indication to the department that you should not be driving. You may also fail the department's vision screening. This may mean it is time to contact your auto insurance agent. An agent may be able to help you adjust your coverage to better protect you. You should never get behind the wheel if you cannot see well.