The stereotype of older adults clinging to their driver’s licenses is based in fact – and fear. A study from the Beverly Foundation found that older adults continue driving, “as long as possible because they are unaware of, or do not believe they have, alternative means of transportation.”
Of course, a lack of alternate transportation does not mean that seniors should continue to drive.
Let’s review the facts:
- A 60-year-old requires 3 times as much light to drive as a 20-year-old.
- A 55-year-old takes 8 times longer to recover from glare than does a 16-year-old.
- Peripheral vision narrows and depth perception declines as we age.
- Colors, especially brake-light red, become more difficult to see as we age.
Here’s the reality: many older adults will reach a time when they’re no longer equipped to drive safely. And yet, most aged adults will continue driving until the last possible moment, at which point, they are so disabled that they are unable to use most public and para-transit systems.
Fortunately, we at Hyde Shuttles are here to help.
We provide curb-to-curb and, if needed, door-to-door transportation using shuttle vans equipped with wheelchair lifts. Our drivers are compassionate, patient, and love working with older adults. Best of all, the service is free!
The only requirements are that you live in one of our service areas, are 55 or older, or have a disability.
Advanced reservations are required. Call 206-727-6262. Press 1 for Reservations.
Our Call Center operates between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Rides can be scheduled Monday-Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
For more services for older adults visit our parent company website: https://soundgenerations.org/