We all enjoy the independence of driving our own cars. However, as we age, some of our physical and mental skills change.
This may affect our driving ability. Here are some tips to keep you and others around you safe when you drive:
- Plan your route. Be sure to drive on streets you are familiar with. Check the map or Internet for directions, if necessary.
- Do not take the freeway or highway, if fast cars bother you.
- Limit driving to daytime hours if you are having night vision problems.
- Avoid driving in bad weather conditions
- Avoid driving during rush hour. Plan to leave after the morning rush, usually after 9 am and plan to return home before the evening rush, which typically starts around 4 pm.
- Do not drive when you are tired or stressed.
- Check to see if your medication may cause drowsiness. If so, do not drive.
- Check your tires.
- Be sure to wear your seat belt at all times.
- Do not use your cell phone while driving.
- Do not follow too close. Leave a big space between you and the other cars.
- Look out for pedestrians
- Focus on the road and avoid any distractions.
- Turn on your headlights
- Drive within the speed limit. If you drive slower than most cars, stay on the right lane.
- Use your turn signals, when necessary and change lanes carefully.
- Drive a car that meets your needs. Be sure that your car has features that will make driving easier like: automatic transmission, power steering, power breaks, large mirrors, etc.
- Replace windshield wiper blades, when needed.
- Check headlights to make sure they are cleaned and aligned.
- See your doctor regularly to check your vision, hearing and general health.
- Exercise regularly to be physically fit.
- It would be helpful to take a driving refresher class every few years as this will remind you of safe driving guidelines. Take note that some car insurance companies give discounts when you pass the class.
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