As an obesity epidemic sweeps America, here is one more reason to be concerned: Studies show that drivers who work out and get in better physical shape are also better drivers. Those who neglect to do so could pose a greater risk on the road.
These findings also apply to elderly drivers. As they face the physical limitations of aging, working out could help them stay safe for longer behind the wheel.
A few findings from the report include the following:
- Those who got at least a small amount of daily exercise were more flexible and nimble, meaning they could get in and out of their cars more quickly.
- They also found it easier to twist their cores to turn their bodies, meaning they were better able to look at the road around them when turning the car.
- In addition, they found it easier to turn their heads, meaning that backing up was easier, and they could check their blind spots more easily before a lane change.
These may seem like little things, like a small amount of core or neck flexibility. However, they can make a huge difference on the road. They could be all that stands between you and an accident. If a person who is not properly fit to drive can’t turn to check a blind spot and merges into you on a motorcycle, that small lack of flexibility could put you in the hospital.
That said, there are no general fitness requirements for American drivers, outside of vision. If you get hit by an unsafe driver, make sure you explore your right to financial compensation.