- Roof: Weight of snow and a spot on roof which is fragile enough to handle the weight of snow is next to a disaster. Have a professional visit your home and inspect for any such soft spots on your roof. Also, if any trees hanging or near by the roof, get it trimmed to avoid the fall and its consequences.
- Heating: On a chilly night you do not want to end up with a furnace not in working condition. A thorough check on your heating system would do better. Clean the heating system often to avoid troubles using it. Check on thermostats is also a must and if required change the filters to make it work better.
- Fireplace: Best place in your home specially when the winter cold hits hard on you and your family members. But remember, this can be dangerous if not checked and cleaned properly. Keep the chimney cleaned after every use and make sure to not have any inflammable items near to your fire place.
- Gutters: When slow falls and temperature goes minus, pipes, hoses and even gutters will be a menace. A clogged gutter can cause ice and water to slide into your home eventually into frame work and interior. Cleaning this ice jams can be very expensive and surely a head ache. Hire a professional who can clean the gutters much before the season hits. You can wait for the leaves to wither to avoid cleaning of gutters twice.
Driving all by themselves is a privilege and a mark of independence for Americans. Older parents will not be happy over giving their car keys and rely upon others to commute. Family members may keep them away from driving, fearing an accident or crash but parents often become reluctant with the interference of their children.
Older Drivers on Road
As per the survey conducted by Federal Highway Administration, there will be about 21 million drivers who are licensed yet old in United States. However, old is not defined by age. Drivers of age 60 can also become too old to drive on North Dakota roads. There can be certain physical limitations in every person getting old which makes driving difficult. But few senior citizens will be capable enough to drive even at their 80s and 90s. A survey by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that older drivers have become very cautious with their driving. They are driving more carefully and hence less number of accidents or collisions involving them. Count on fatal accidents have gradually reduced when compared to the earlier survey made.
As per the National Safety Commission, there are certain signs which can be followed by the loved ones of old people in order to gauge their driving ability:
- They are having trouble in paying attention to road signs and traffic signals.
- If getting more tickets for violating traffic rules
- Driving slow than the traffic flow
- An increase in number of collisions or small crashes
- Difficulty in navigation or remembering their destination
- More number of dents on vehicle
Telling your beloved parent to stop getting behind the wheels all by themselves would be difficult. But you need to discuss their medical conditions with them which is troubling their drive. If convincing them becomes impossible then advice them to take the vehicle during day time and to travel short distances.