Getting older comes with both positive and challenging changes. In retirement, you have more time to do the things you love and spend more time with your loved ones. But aging also comes with changes and challenges. While you’ve gained valuable driving experience through the years, a lot has likely changed since the first day you got behind the wheel. Certain affects of aging like new medications, vision changes, slower reaction times and reduced hearing functions are unavoidable for many. Everyone’s safety on the road is your top priority. Read on for tips to consider to help ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.
Senior Driving Safety Tips
1. Get Your Hearing and Eyesight Checked Regularly
Many people experience changes in their eyesight and hearing as they age. Have your hearing and eyesight checked regularly by your care provider.
2. Talk With Your Medical Provider
When you experience changes to your health or start taking new medications, it’s important to discuss side effects with your healthcare provider. Some medications may have side effects that can impact your driving abilities like increased drowsiness, sensitivity to light, etc.
3. Avoid Distractions
No matter your age, avoiding distractions while behind the wheel is a smart decision. Practice safe driving practices like putting your phone away or even turning on a do not disturb function, turning the radio down, avoiding eating while driving and adjusting your car’s settings before hitting the road.
4. Limit Driving at Night or During Inclement Weather
Driving in low-visibility conditions, like when it’s dark outside, during heavy rain or when it’s snowing or foggy, can be dangerous. If possible, try to drive during the daylight and in good weather conditions whenever possible.
5. Choose Routes Carefully
When driving from point A to point B, try to avoid higher speed roadways like interstates and highways. It’s also good to limit routes that call for making left turns onto busy roads. If you have a destination you frequent, it’s a good idea to pick a route you’re comfortable with.
6. Allow Extra Space
Give yourself and other drivers extra space to allow for more time to brake or change lanes.
7. Pick a Car With Extra Safety Features
When you buy a car, seek out newer vehicles that include features that can help reduce crashes. Look for features like forward collision warning, automatic crash notifications, parking assist, backup cameras, self-parking and navigation assistance. While these features can’t 100% prevent accidents, having the extra features could help.
8. Ask for Help
When driving becomes hard it’s important to ask for help. Reach out to family and friends. It’s not easy to ask for help or make the difficult to decision to give up driving but it could be the safest choice for you and others.
Be Sure Your Coverage Is Keeping Up
Talk with your local Farm Bureau agent to help ensure your automobile insurance is still providing you with adequate coverage to protect you and your vehicle.