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Driving Tips & How to Help an Older Driver

An older driver does not by itself mean an unsafe driver. Many older drivers compensate for declining abilities through adjustments in their driving habits and routines. Through these changes along with continued education and awareness, some older drivers may be able to maintain their independence for longer.
Below are a series of tips and resources for older drivers. Contact 855-myride2 with any questions. Whether it is discussing options when considering driving retirement or assisting with a difficult conversation with a loved one, our Mobility Specialists are happy to help!

Signs of Declining Performance

  • Repeated fender benders, or near misses
  • Being honked at often
  • Counseling sessions with police, family or friends about driving
  • Getting lost on familiar routes
  • Feeling overly stressed when driving
  • Impaired driving due to medical conditions
  • Reacting slowly to driving situations
  • Making poor driving decisions

Avoid

  • Stressful driving situations
  • Rush hours
  • Backing up
  • Distractions
  • Foul-weather driving

Cognition

  • The brain does 80% of the driving
  • Decision making may take longer
  • Leave more distance between cars
  • Take alternate routes
  • Do mental exercises

Medications
Consult with a doctor about driving IF:

  • A new medication has been prescribed
  • Tranquilizers, cough medication, antihistamines or decongestants are prescribed
  • Over-the-counter medications are being taken
  • Alcohol will be consumed
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, or an “out of sorts” feeling is present

Vision

  • Have your eyes examined regularly
  • Wear your prescription lenses when driving
  • Avoid night driving if necessary
  • Keep headlights, taillights, and windshield clean

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