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SENIORS: 12 TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING
Being able to drive is a way for people of all ages to affirm their independence. That being said, cer- tain consequences of aging, such as weakened eyesight, can affect your driving abilities. As you grow older, it’s important to be aware of these changes in order to deal with them appropriately. With that in mind, here are 12 tips to help you stay safe on the road while avoiding putting others in danger. 1. Make sure that your medica- tions don’t have any side effects that might affect your ability to drive. 2. Always make sure that your car’s windshield and back win-
dow are clean. 3. Maintain a safety distance well above the two-second minimum that is generally recommended, and slow down whenever it rains, snows, and when the road is slippery. 4. Avoid driving long distances when possible. 5. Remain concentrated at all times, and don’t drive when you’re upset, tired or under the influence of alcohol or medica- tion. 6. Plan your routes and choose roads that you know well, taking care to avoid rush-hour traffic and fast lanes.
Being able to drive is a way for people of all ages to affirm their independence.
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7. Drive during the day, and avoid driving during periods of reduced visibility such as dawn or dusk. 8. Always wear your hearing aid if you have one, and minimize any background noise (turn down the radio, for instance). 9. Pay attention to your surround- ings so as to have a general idea of the traffic conditions
around you, and keep an eye out for cyclists, pedestrians and parked cars. 10. Check your blind spot more than once before you turn or change lanes. 11. Never assume that you have the right of way. 12. Consider taking a refresher driv- ing course.
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