Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

According to the CDC, age-related declines in vision and cognitive functioning (ability to reason and remember), as well as physical changes (such as arthritis or reduced strength), may affect some older adults’ driving abilities. The safety tips below may help to save the life of you or another driver, and allow you to continue driving safely for as long as possible.

Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines (both prescription and over-the counter) to reduce possible side effects and drug interactions.
  • Exercise regularly to increase strength and flexibility.
  • Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year, and wear your glasses and contact lenses as required.
  • Plan your route before you drive (a GPS is a handy backup); pick the safest route with well-lit streets, and easy parking.
  • Leave a large following distance behind the car in front of you.
  • Avoid distractions in your car, such as listening to a loud radio, talking on your cell phone, texting, and eating.
  • Check and adjust your vehicle’s mirror, seat height, and steering wheel position as needed, each time before you drive.
  • Drive during daylight hours and in good weather
  • Install and use adaptive devices for your vehicle as needed to enhance your ability to view the road, steer, and drive and steer (seat-back cushions,dashboard rear-view camera, etc.)
  • Consider potential alternatives to driving (friends, family, or public transportation)

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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