Driving can sometimes be more demanding for older adults. Physical actions that need to take place such as turning your head to look for approaching traffic use muscles etc., that are more challenging to use now than at a younger age. With the right precautions older aged drivers can still remain safe behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Tips for drivers
- Maintain regular hearing and vision tests
- Drive under ideal conditions- check the weather try to avoid driving under “advisory conditions”
- Plan your destination before you start driving- think about your route that you will take
- Manage distractions- do not talk on a cell phone or text on a cell phone, eat, look at maps, etc.
- Be aware of your medications. Some medications have side effects such as taking an antihistamine for allergies could cause drowsiness
- Stay active- keeping your body flexible. One of the easiest forms of exercise that costs nothing is walking. Stay flexible by stretching
- Take a driver education course or a refresher course
Safe driving for seniors
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation certifies programs throughout the state for highway education for adults ages 55 and older. One particular program is being offered on January 28th, 2015 at the Westbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville, PA. The class is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register for a class call: 1-800-559-4880. To be able to register online, visit www.seniorsforsafedriving.com. Click here for an additional link for mature drivers.
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