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The ability to drive is an important element in maintaining one's independence but as people age, it becomes more challenging. These are a few safety tips that seniors can use to drive safely.
• Avoid driving at night if you have trouble with your vision. • Avoid driving during periods of high traffic. • Raise your seat high enough so you can have a clear view of the road. • Keep your windshield and headlights clear. • Limit distracting noises inside the vehicle. • Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead so you have ample stopping time. • Get periodic vision and hearing tests. • Take a defensive driving class offered through AARP. • Do not drive if you are feeling tired. • Avoid driving in inclement weather. • Use other transportation such as taxis or buses if you are unsure of yourself. • Always wear a seat belt. • Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about continuing to drive.
Westmoreland County Area Agency on AgingInformation Line200 S Main StGreensburg, PA 15601Contact: Marguerite Patterson (724) 830-4444 1-800-442-8000