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Helping Older Drivers Stay Safe on the Road

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As we grow older, physical limitations bring a whole new set of hazards behind the wheel: our own physical limitations. As a result, crash rates begin rising around age 60; they skyrocket after age 75.

Many mature drivers recognize their limitations and adjust their driving habits accordingly, but others may need urging from family or a physician.

Below are some simple, but effective, "adaptive driving" suggestions you may want to share with the mature drivers in your family circle.

  • Limit driving to daylight hours.
  • Travel only on familiar roads.
  • When possible, avoid rush-hour traffic, including the lunch-hour rush.
  • Avoid superhighways and very busy roads and intersections.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Slow down, but be sure to maintain posted minimum speeds.
  • Limit background noise inside the car.
  • Install large mirrors to aid peripheral vision.

Want to learn more about adaptive driving for seniors?

These helpful guidelines provided by the AAA will help you learn more about assessing and addressing  driving issues for older drivers.