Driving Tips for Senior Safety

Although growing older doesn't automatically make you a bad driver, advancing age does bring changes that can affect driving ability. If you're a senior driver concerned about road safety, consider these simple tips when you get behind the wheel.

Although growing older doesn't automatically make you a bad driver, advancing age does bring changes that can affect driving ability. If you're a senior driver concerned about road safety, consider these simple tips when you get behind the wheel.


Plan for the Journey Ahead

  • Before you leave home, map out your route, especially in unfamiliar areas.
  • Make sure your car is stocked with an emergency kit, cell phone and an extra pair of eyeglasses.
  • Start thinking now about alternative modes of transportation. Practice taking a bus, a taxi or a local ride service. When the transition to the passenger seat finally arrives, you'll feel more comfortable with the options.

Give Yourself Routine Maintenance Checks

  • Get regular vision tests and adjust eyeglasses and contact lenses as prescribed.
  • Exercise your torso and neck to increase the flexibility needed to look over your shoulders before backing up and making lane changes.
  • Consult a physician and pharmacist to ensure that prescribed and over-the-counter medications will not cause unexpected drowsiness or fatigue.
    Put the Brakes on Stressful Conditions
  • Avoid rush-hour traffic.
  • Don't drive at night, in fog, heavy rain or snowfall when visibility is limited.
  • Use alternative modes of transportation or stay put when roads are slippery.

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