Know Your Limits: Tips for Senior Drivers

Sometimes as we age and get older our driving skills can decline. As more and more Americans live and work longer than ever, it’s time to take a look at safety issues for older drivers. It is optimal to know your limits, get regular medical checkups, including vision and hearing. Recognize your changing capabilities: arthritis, stress, other conditions and medications can affect reaction times. As we age, driving for extended periods will strain muscles, vision and concentration. Here are some great tips to consider how, when and where you drive.

Tip 1: Always wear a seat belt. Should an accident happen, seat belts can double your chances of surviving a bad crash.

Tip 2: Avoid driving at night, unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. If you must drive at night, avoid looking at oncoming lights; instead look toward the edge of the right side of the road.

Tip 3: Avoid glasses with wide frames at the temple; they can block your side vision. Also stay away from wearing tinted glasses for night driving.

Tip 4: A well-maintained car is a safe car. Things to keep a watchful eye on are; tire wear, watching out for curbs and potholes, regular oil and fluid checks, and making sure that emergency equipment, cell phone, and a first-aid kit are always in the car.

Tip 5: Use a seat cushion or back cushion for a better line of vision. You should be able to see three or more inches above the steering wheel.

Tip 6: Take an older driver safety course. An older driver safety course may help reduce your premium, but more importantly can help you improve your skills as your driving style changes with age.

Learn more about senior driving courses & education here. There you have it! 6 easy tips that may just help you drive smarter and safer.

Posted on October 19, 2010