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You May Be Getting Older, But You Can Still Drive It Home

17 Sep Blog | Comments

There is no reason why you cannot drive your car simply because you have aged. Of course, there are some things that will cause you to not be able to drive anymore, such as impaired vision or paralyzed limbs, but if you are an overall healthy person you should have the driving freedom that anyone younger than you has. If you have family or other people in your life who think you should stop driving because of your age, there are a few safety tips that you can follow to prove them wrong!

Take a mature driver course. While it is obviously true that you had to already take a driver’s test in order to obtain your license, it could be a good refresher. If you got your license at age sixteen, there have been many years that have transpired, and perhaps even some new driving laws have passed since you had to take driving lessons. Doing a mature drivers course is a good way to be sure you are up to date with all that may have transpired since the first time you took a driving course. Not only will it refresh you in driving, but it will show your friends or family that you are a responsible driver and take driving seriously.

Pay extra close attention. After years behind the wheel, some people tend to get relaxed. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap because you could end up hurting yourself or others. Take the time to be extra observant as you drive so that you do not end up in a bad situation. Never get relaxed with your driving, but always stay on guard!

Drive during the day. Even if your vision is fairly good still, it is always a good practice to get all your driving done during the day when it is bright outside. Driving in the dark could pose dangers and risks. If you have a “senior moment” and forget to turn on your headlights, someone could crash into you because they didn’t see you. If your vision is struggling even the smallest amount, the dark always makes it worse. Make sure that for the safety of you and others, you get your grocery shopping, pick up your grandkids, and visit your friends during daylight hours.

Take a friend! It’s always nice to have someone with you to visit with. If you find that you are nervous when you drive, let a friend come along. If you have a neighbor who cannot drive, volunteer to drive them to the grocery store and get all your shopping done together. If you have a friend who drives better than you, let them take the wheel! Even if you just need company in case you get a flat or the car breaks down in some way, it could be a safe move to have someone come along.

While these are not the only things that you can do in order to be safe, they will give you a good start. Talk to other older drivers to see what they do in order to be safe on the road. Look up some more ideas online. Whatever you do, just be sure to do it. There’s nothing worse than knowing that you were the cause of harm, either to yourself or another person.

 

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