Driving Tips for Seniors

Posted on : May 25, 2017

If you have a loved one who is in their 70s or older, you may be concerned about their capability to still operate a vehicle properly. According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, older drivers are involved in the most fatal accidents yearly next to teen drivers. With such a high death toll among older drivers, it’s important to consider what steps you should take to ensure your loved ones are able to operate a car safely. Here are a few tips for seniors to improve their driving abilities. 

Have a Yearly Vision and Hearing Test

For any driver, it’s imperative to have a good sense of vision or hearing. Yearly vision and hearing tests allow doctors to see how well an individual’s senses are. If their vision or hearing has decreased since last year, the doctor will most likely write a prescription for new glasses and recommend hearing aids.

Accept Your Limits

Senior drivers must understand that they have certain limits. If they have a medical issue that requires medication, they should always make sure they take it on time and know the potential side effects. If one of the side effects is drowsiness or blurred vision, it is best to stay off the road.

Also, seniors should keep in mind that they should never go on long drives if they get tired easily. They should consider only driving locally and if they need to travel far they should call a cab. It is best to go out during the day when the lighting is best and avoid going out during heavy rainstorms or traffic. 

Driving Courses for Seniors

There are several online and in-person driving refresher courses for seniors. Companies like AARP and AAA, have online courses that allow seniors to take their time and learn the rules of the road again. We could all use a little refresher, especially since the rules of the road do change every few years.

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