As we get older we get wiser, and for some of us that wisdom brings along with it the realization that we just can’t do some things like we used to. The key is realizing that you may need to take some extra precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you on the road. That is why we have complied this list of tips for senior drivers.
Driving Tips for Senior Drivers
- Avoid driving during rush hour. 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 safety driving course for seniors. These refresher classes will help you to brush up on your skills and meet some new people.
- Plan your route before leaving the driveway. Know exactly where you want to travel and how you need 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 and have your lenses updated if you wear glasses and have 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.
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 you will travel once you can no longer drive safely on your own.
Don’t Forget to Review Your Insurance Coverage
If you are not completing an annual review with your agent, you need to. Age could affect your auto insurance rates and coverage. Make sure your plan fits your needs. You can click here to learn more or give your agent a call today at 800-837-9969.