An Individual 's Reflexes Increase With Age

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An individual’s reflexes decrease with age which affects their ability to drive. The ability to make quick decisions is an important skill to have to avoid accidents. Reflexes allow an individual to react quickly to a dangerous driving situation. It is the time an individual takes to slam on the brake or avoid an obstruction that makes reflexes so important while driving, Geriatrics’ poor reflexes create delayed reactions which ultimately increase the risk for accidents. Reflexes are needed to prevent various types of accidents such as rear-ending and pedestrian striking. It is probable that as one ages, the connection between the two hemispheres of your brain become delayed (University of Michigan). Author Rachael Seidler states, “The decline occurs in an area of the brain called the corpus callosum, which helps regulate "cross-talk" between the two sides of the brain” (Seidler). Seidler, a professor for the University of Michigan studied the reflexes of drivers aged 65 to 75 in comparison to drivers aged 20 to 25 years old. By having drivers of each age group use a computerized joystick, Seidler was able to identify the difference in reaction time between the two groups. Seider reveals “The more they recruited the other side of the brain, the slower they responded” (Seidler). Thus, when driving, geriatrics are presented with challenges that contribute to unsafe driving skills. In all, an individual needs sharp reflexes to operate a car safely and avoid accidents.
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