While the aging process can make driving more challenging for seniors, it doesn’t mean they have to stop driving. Senior citizens can drive safely by making adjustments. These include using the right driving strategies, technology, and staying on top of their health. With the following tips, seniors can drive longer and keep their independence:
- Choose the right car and accessories. Get a car with automatic transmission, power steering, power windows, power seats, and power mirror adjustment. You should also consider large instrument displays, sun visors that extend, safety mirrors without blind spots, and easy to grip steering wheels that are extra thick. Also look for aftermarket equipment for your specific needs and only buy approved commercial items.
- Take a motor vehicle safety course for seniors. These courses will teach you defensive driving strategies and how to avoid accidents common among seniors. Some will give instructions on using new car safety technologies.
- Watch your health. Eat a healthy diet and include exercise such as walking. Before starting an exercise routine, consult your doctor. Get regular health checkups and stay on top of health issues by following your doctor’s advice. Don’t forget to get regular seeing and hearing testing.
- Increase your following distance. Allow extra following space between your car and the one in front. This gives you plenty of time to react to sudden braking or road emergencies.
- Choose the best times to drive. Avoid the busiest times of the day as well as busy roads and intersections. Be a sunny weather driver by picking the best weather days for driving. With the many weather forecast websites, there is no reason for getting caught in bad weather.
- Get a ride for difficult traveling. Difficult travel includes night driving, long distance driving, and traveling in new or congested areas.
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