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One type of crash that older drivers incur frequently are left-hand-turn crashes. But did you know that a lot of these crashes happen when the older driver is attempting to turn left and must cross over a lane of traffic that does not stop? The impact of this type of collision can easily kill the driver attempting the left hand turn and/or the oncoming vehicle's driver, particularly if that vehicle is a motorcycle.

How can you avoid getting into a severe crash when making a left hand turn? AFODS recommends two options: 1) If possible, make 3 right hand turns instead of that one left hand turn, and 2) If possible, go to a different intersection where there is a designated left hand turn light. Older drivers should also be aware of when traffic is heavier where they are traveling, i.e. rush hour.

28 y.o. motorcyclist Alen Kapic died on January 28th in St. Louis, Missouri when a 77 y.o. man driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck attempted to make a left turn from Gravois to Robert Avenue shortly after 2pm. Kapic did not have to stop at the intersection and he hit the older driver's pickup truck head on.

When in doubt...check your route ahead of time so you can plan to avoid left hand turns when possible. If avoiding a left hand turn is not possible, make sure that you let oncoming traffic pass before turning.

Link to article on crash:
www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/motorcyclist-killed-in-st-louis-accident-is-id-d/art...

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While researching older driver crashes in the US, AFODS noticed that many older individuals are getting hit by vehicles while walking across the street. The question was asked..."how are crashes where older drivers fail to yield to other vehicles similar to how they are getting hit by vehicles while walking across a road?"

One of the answers to the question could be decline in visual depth perception or the ability to perceive distance, such as the distance of oncoming vehicles (both driving and walking). The symptoms of declining depth perception include, but are not limited to:
1) The inability to distinguish how far away an object is making driving unsafe
2) The inability to distinguish the curb from the sidewalk
3) Difficulty navigating stairs or missing a step
4) Determining how much water to pour into a glass or coffee in a cup
5) Difficulty threading a needle

Here are some things to help with declining depth perception:
1) See your eye doctor to get corrective lenses
2) Mark stairs with bright yellow tape
3) Use a white cane while walking so that you are more easily seen for oncoming vehicles.

82 y.o. Consuelo Mary Anglarill of Silver Spring, Maryland was critically injured when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing a Wheaton, Maryland street in January of this year.

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Having a heart attack while you are driving, unfortunately, happens more often than you would think. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US so it's important to understand any heart issues that you might have and their symptoms. The heart attack symptoms that women experience could potentially be different than symptoms experienced by men.

The American Heart Association describes women's heart attack symptoms as the following:
1) Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
2) Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
3) Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
4) Breaking out in a cold sweat with nausea or lightheadedness.
5) Chest pain or discomfort (this is similar to men).
6) Shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Things that you can do to reduce your risk of a heart attack/heart disease, include quitting smoking, exercising 30 minutes per day, and eat a healthier diet. Reducing your risk of a heart attack can definitely reduce your risk of having a heart attack while driving where you will also suffer the effects of a car crash.

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