Driving Tips for Seniors
As you get older and wiser, you might come to the realization that you just can’t do some things quite like you used to—including driving. That’s why it’s important to take some extra precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you on the road. Consider these safe driving tips next time you get behind the wheel.
- Avoid driving during rush hour, if possible. The traffic is usually heavy, and other drivers can be impatient.
- Avoid driving at night or in bad weather, especially if your vision is limited.
- Consider taking a driver safety refresher course. These classes will help you to brush up on your skills and meet some new people.
- Plan your route before you start driving. Know exactly where you want to travel and how to get there. If you are unsure about your route, get exact directions.
- Keep yourself in good health by doing the following:
- Exercise your upper body to keep it flexible. This will help you look over your shoulder at your blind spot.
- Get regular vision checkups. If you wear glasses, have your lenses routinely updated and get a prescription change.
Remember that certain medications or a combination of medications can cause drowsiness or fatigue. Talk with your doctor about potential side effects to medications you are taking—even those that are over-the-counter.
Have a Plan
Be sure to plan ahead for when you can no longer drive yourself around. Talk with family and friends to learn more about alternative ways to travel, such as public transportation and ride service programs. Or, establish a plan with your loved ones regarding how they can help you travel once you can no longer drive safely on your own. For additional driving safety tips and auto insurance solutions, contact us today.