Staying healthy in your car: Equipment and precautions

Published: March, 2014

A kid and his wagon, a boy and his bike, a man and his car. At every stage of life, there seems to be a special romance between a male and his wheels. Perhaps scientists should investigate the Y chromosome, which separates men from women, for a vehicular gene. Even without a gene, though, it's easy to see how a set of wheels provides the independence, mobility, and self-esteem that most American men prize.

While driving has a special meaning at each stage of life, it also has special hazards. The risk is greatest for young men just learning to drive and control their impulses and for older men coping with slowed reflexes or medical problems. Few people think of driving as a medical issue, but they should: Car crashes are a major cause of injury and death, and many can be prevented.

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