DRIVING TIPS FOR SENIORS

Nov 16th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Safe Driving for Senior Citizens

Many (most?) insurance companies offer auto insurance discounts for senior citizens who comply with requests to take a senior safe-driving course.  Most courses can be taken online, and some are offered in the community.  Your insurance company can tell you which one(s) they accept.

In addition, some safe driving suggestions found in a variety of Internet websites are helpful to review periodically.  Here are some we found on a recent search:

Suggestions for Senior Driving Safety

  • Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you;
  • Scan the road, your rear-view mirror and your side mirrors every minute or so to remain alert to what is happening around you;
  • Place your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock positions on the steering wheel so in the event the airbag deploys, your arms aren’t in the way;
  • Plan your trips ahead of time; be sure you know the route; get a GPS to help guide you;
  • Wear your safety belt—and wear it correctly  (It should go over your shoulder and across your lap.)
  • Drive at the speed limit. It’s unsafe to drive too fast or too slow;
  • Be extra careful at intersections. Use your turn signals and remember to look around you for people and other cars;
  • Check your blind spot when changing lanes or backing up.  Be sure your side mirror is positioned so you can see a vehicle in your blind spot;
  • Be extra careful at train tracks. Remember to look both ways for trains;
  • When you take a new medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects, that can have an effect on your driving ability.

SCJ found this American Medical Association website helpful, especially with offering additional resources for keeping senior drivers safe on the road.



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