The ability to drive is an important element in maintaining one’s independence, but as we age it may get more challenging. Here are a few safe driving tips that seniors can us to drive safely.
- Avoid driving at night if you have trouble with your vision.
- Avoid driving during periods of high traffic, typically during morning, lunch, and evening commute times.
- Keep your windshield, headlights and mirrors clean to improve visibility.
- Raise your seat high enough so you have a clear view of the road. Sit on a pillow if necessary.
- Limit distracting noise inside the vehicle. This includes radio, conversations with passengers and the use of cell phones.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead so you have ample time to brake if necessary.
- Take a defensive driver course offered through AARP or AAA. You may receive a discount on your insurance for completing the class. Call AIM (410-889-7915) if you are interested in having AIM host an AARP driver safety class.
- Carefully read medication labels to see if they may impair driving skills.
- Avoid driving during inclement weather.
- Always wear your seatbelt, and never drive if you are feeling sick, tired, or stressed.
Talk with your family and your doctor to determine when the right time to seek other options for transportation. AIM is available to assist with transportation needs. “TAKE AIM AND GO” WE WILL BE GLAD TO DRIVE YOU!