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Older Driver Safety Tips

Older Driver Safety Tips

Older Driver

With age comes unavoidable changes to our minds and bodies. Our memory and focus isn’t what it once was. Our bodies ache and get stiff. We all slow down. Still, many older drivers continue to operate a car safely well into their golden years. The key is to recognize what our abilities are now rather than focus on what they used to be, and make the proper adjustments to ensure responsible driving behavior.

What can you do to keep driving safely?

  1. Get regular eye exams. It is recommended you have your vision checked every two years; however, more frequent exams may be necessary if you experience sudden or frequent vision changes.
  2. If you are experiencing any nervousness or discomfort at night, limit your driving to during daylight times only.
  3. If you experience difficulty recovering from glare or adjusting to darkness,
    limit your driving to during daylight times only.
  4. Scan frequently to allow you ample time to react to trouble.
  5. Avoid wearing eyeglasses or sunglass with wide frames as they restrict your side vision.
  6. Talk to your doctor and find out if restrictions are necessary.
  7. Avoid rush hour, bad weather or other stressful travel situations.
  8. Plan ahead. Know your route and try to stay on familiar roads.
  9. Avoid taking medication before driving as the side effects may create unsafe driving behavior.
  10. Maintain a safe speed and look down the road for possible hazards.
  11. Leave a four second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  12. Call ahead for weather and road conditions. View the enhanced travel map.
  13. If you are uncomfortable, nervous or fearful when driving, it may be time to stop driving.
  14. If you have received a number of warnings from Law Enforcement, it may be time to stop driving.
  15. If you have frequent ‘close calls’ (almost crashes), it may be time to stop driving.