Safety Tips for Older Drivers

Staying behind the wheel is a must. There’s just no other way about it. Older drivers need to run errands, visit family and friends and stay independent. But driving can get a bit more difficult for some aging drivers. So, here’s a few quick and easy safety tips.

Get a reliable car

This can help prevent many future problems. Make sure the car works well in snow, rain or other situations and has great safety ratings. Double-check that it has great visibility with easily adjustable seats, mirrors, etc. Also, be sure to find a car that’s comfortable and easy to drive.

Get snow tires for winter driving

If you live in an area where it snows regularly, you’re going to have to drive through it at some point. So mind as well get prepared ahead of time.

Consider a safety driving course

There’s a variety of safety courses available through AARP, AAA, and possibly even your state’s DMV. These courses can help you brush up on driving techniques and possibly even introduce you to new safety features in cars.

Keep headlights, taillights and mirrors clean

It’s a simple tip, but keeping these areas clean and functioning can greatly improve visibility.

Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car

Driving straight into a sunrise or sunset can be one of most challenging driving situations. It’s very tough to see no matter what age you are. That’s why it’s always best to keep an extra pair of sunglasses in your car at all times.

Keep up on maintenance

Most car’s manuals clearly outline a detailed maintenance schedule. It’s best to follow this as closely as possible to make sure your car is staying in great shape. And this can help prevent future breakdowns or complications.

Always bring a cell phone and get a car charger

Keep the charger in your car at all times, so your phone’s battery never runs out.

Make sure your driver’s license is still valid

Regulations on how frequently (and at what ages) you need to renew your driver’s license can vary by state. Just check the expiration date on your license to see if it’s expiring soon and renew if necessary.

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