As we age, it's normal for our driving abilities to change. By reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving practices, many of us can continue driving safely long into our senior years.
- Get your eyes checked every year.
- Have your hearing checked annually.
- Talk with a doctor about the effects that ailments or medications may have on your driving ability.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Find the right car and any aids you need for safe driving.
- Drive defensively.
- Know your limitations.
- Listen to the concerns of others.
Benefits of Not Driving
- Save money on the cost of car ownership.
- Improve your health, exercise by walking, cycling
- Expand your social circle, meet people through ride sharing or on city transit
- Appreciate the change of pace.
Deciding When to Stop Driving: Warning Signs
- Increasing number of near collisions.
- Direct involvement in minor collisions.
- Difficulty seeing pedestrians, objects and other vehicles.
- Difficulty co-ordinating hand and foot movements.
- Increased nervousness when behind the wheel.
Know your transportation alternatives
- Public transportation.
- Friends and family members who drive.
- Keep your vehicle and have others drive for you e.g. volunteer driver programs.
- Motorized wheelchairs.