VIDEO: How to Be a Safe Senior Driver

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As you age, physical changes can affect your driving. Here’s how to stay sharp at the wheel, plus a true-or-false quiz that puts your skills to the test.

 

Senior drivers typically are safe drivers: They are more likely to use their seat belts and less likely to drink and drive than other motorists. But older drivers also are more likely to take medications that can affect their driving, and their more fragile bodies mean their chances of dying are higher if they do crash.

 

AAA and other organizations have resources to help seniors stay safe and mobile—and keep the roads safer for everyone.

 

  1. Study the Side Effects
    Some 90 percent of seniors regularly use prescription medicines that may impair their driving. On AAA’s Roadwise Rx, you can enter medications and see if they might affect your driving skills, and if any combinations can cause side effects. You can bring your Roadwise Rx results to your doctor, who may adjust your dosage to keep you driving safely. 
  1. Stock Up on Knowledge
    AAA’s website for mature drivers
     offers tools to keep seniors’ skills sharp. For example, you can take online courses to improve your driving skills. You also can find exercises that will determine your strengths and weaknesses as a driver, and tips for handling unexpected situations—such as a breakdown—and everyday driving challenges, such as driving around big trucks. 
  1. Get the Right Fit
    Older drivers can improve their safety by ensuring their cars “fit” them properly. In some states, drivers can attend one of AAA’s CarFit events, where 12 areas of the driver’s fit to their car are reviewed. A health professional will check, for example, to see if you’re sitting at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel. Drivers risk serious injury if they’re sitting closer. To see if there’s a CarFit event near you, visit Car-Fit.org.

Has it been a while since you’ve taken a driver’s education refresher course? Watch the following video that contains a true-or-false quiz. Some of the answers might surprise you.

 

 

If you or a loved one has difficulty driving because of age or a physical disability, a certified driver rehabilitation specialist can help you evaluate the problem and explore solutions. If you’ve had a stroke, say, specialists can help you regain skills, or find other transportation options. To find a specialist, visit Aded.net.

 

For a video on how seniors can stay sa­fe while driving at night, visit AAA.com/Community.

 

A version of this story appears in the May/June 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.

 

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