This Winter Prepare Your Car for Senior Drivers

Senior Man

Winter, the holiday season, brings merriment to everyone’s life. People arrange parties, decorate their homes beautifully, go on trips – this is the time to spend with your family and friends. The senior citizens that live in the assisted living homes in OKC or other places around the country, also deserve to be a part of this festive season. The most reputable homes make all possible arrangements to make their residents Christmas a cheerful one.

Sometimes, the weather plays a crucial role in barring these arrangements. The ice, snow and frigid temperatures not only make the older adults vulnerable to the weather but it is also hard on the vehicles that they use.

Therefore, we at our assisted living home in OKC always take precautions before we get the seniors into a vehicle. Here is a checklist that you can follow for taking the older people in your home on an outing.

  • The brake and exhaust system are very important when taking your car on a road in the wintry weather. It is utterly frustrating to be stuck on the highway because of brake issues. You also can’t breathe if you keep the windows of your car opened because of the cold temperatures, so make sure you have a well-maintained exhaust system in the car. Call a professional to check the brakes and for carbon monoxide leaks.

  • It is imperative that the car’s heater is in the best condition. Furthermore, the defroster, headlights and taillights can cause you trouble this season if not maintained well.

Checking car Tyre
  • The tires need to be checked as well. It is indeed an awful task to get down on the road and change a tire. So, before you start the journey, make sure you inspect the tire pressure so that you can stay out of trouble.

  • Whatever you might require should be stored in the car. This can include coolant, wiper fluid and others. A professional can give you a better idea of the essentials.

  • Keep an ice scraper with you. It is possible that your car can accumulate enough ice that you may need to scrape it off before you can proceed further. Keeping a scraper handy is always a good option.

  • A winter safety kit should be in the car. This includes blankets, matches, candles, protein bars, flares, a phone charger etc.

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times to keep your car warm in case of issues.

  • Decide the trip knowing the weather forecast report.

Keep the medication cupboard, pantry and refrigerator stocked at all times.

You can trust all these things will be done for your seniors in an assisted living home in OKC. Come to us at Redhaven Care Homes and gift your older adults the safest Christmas ever.