Many active living seniors treasure the independence that a driver's license affords. Whether they enjoy the ability to make quick trips to the grocery store, or take long, leisurely drives on a Sunday afternoon, there are plenty of perks to being able to hop behind the wheel.
However, because there is a high instance of accidents among drivers who are 65 and older, many individuals and organizations have campaigned to make road tests mandatory for seniors who drive.
But could playing video games reduce an active living senior's chances of being involved in an automobile accident?
Certain computer programs such as DriveSharp are specifically designed to enhance the reflexes and skills of older drivers who may be getting a little bit rusty.
The program asks active living seniors to track moving cars, pedestrians and bikers with their eyes (on the computer screen), in order to better their responsiveness to variables when they're out on the open road.
The game, which is made by Posit Science, works to improve the visual abilities of drivers, and can help increase their confidence when they drive at night or in stressful situations, according to the company.