Seniors who have logged a lifetime of miles behind the wheel are among the safest drivers on the road. Experience counts for much as a motorist; however, with age come some challenges to go along with that experience.
3 Ways Seniors Can Improve Driving Skills
Safe driving requires keen hearing and eyesight and good reflexes, attributes that tend to naturally diminish as we reach our golden years. Still, there are a few excellent options available to senior drivers who want to improve their driving. Here are 3 great tips to help you or a senior loved one up your driving game:
- Mature Driver Course – Even the most experiences driver can use a refresher course to get up to speed on the latest developments. Let’s face it, automotive technology has come a long way, and even some traffic regulations have changed over the years. A mature driving course is just the ticket, especially for seniors getting back on the road for the first time in a while.
- Is Your Car the Right Car for You? – This handy tool from AAA will help you determine whether your car is a good fit for you. Use it to identify features that aid your driving comfort and abilities, or to select a car model that suits your needs. The Smart Features for Older Drivers (SFOD) tool addresses specific needs and recommends applicable driving features for seniors.
- Timing Is Everything – Driving conditions and your physical condition can have an adverse effect on your driving. Try to avoid driving when conditions are poor. Give yourself plenty of travel time to reach your destination. If you are taking medications that can impact your ability to drive, schedule trips accordingly. Limit your driving to daylight hours for maximum visibility.
Even if your current vehicle isn’t an ideal fit, you can make it more comfortable and functional with a few inexpensive modifications. Pedal extensions, for example, can enhance driver comfort while improving driver response. Lumbar support cushions and steering wheel covers help reduce fatigue and discomfort.
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All of us at the Fry Law Firm wish you and your family many years of safe and happy travels. Call us at 404.969.1284 if you ever need professional and respectful counsel in Atlanta.