Drive Safely Into The Golden Years

    An older woman holding her car keys while sitting in her carDriver safety is an important and often sensitive issue for seniors. While good driving is a total-body experience, involving motor coordination as well as the senses, regular checkups is the key to staying safe behind the wheel. Stay safe on the road by taking care of your health and incorporating safe driving practices. The most important and positive action you can take is to decrease the driving risks associated with aging:

    Visual decline
    Get eyes checked every year and make sure that corrective lenses are current. Keep the windshield, mirrors, and headlights clean, and turn brightness up on the instrument panel on your dashboard.

    Hearing loss
    Have hearing checked annually. If hearing aids are prescribed, make sure they are worn while driving

    Limited mobility and increased reaction time
    An occupational therapist or a certified driving rehabilitation specialist can prescribe equipment to make it easier to steer the car and to operate the foot pedals.

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