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Driving Safely & Accident Prevention

As we age, it's normal for our driving abilities to change. By reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving practices, many of us can continue driving safely long into our senior years.

Safety Tips:

  • Get your eyes checked every year. 
  • Have your hearing checked annually.
  • Talk with a doctor about the effects that ailments or medications may have on your driving ability.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Find the right car and any aids you need for safe driving.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Know your limitations.
  • Listen to the concerns of others.

Benefits of Not Driving

  • Save money on the cost of car ownership.
  • Improve your health, exercise by walking, cycling
  • Expand your social circle, meet people through ride sharing or on city transit
  • Appreciate the change of pace.

Deciding When to Stop Driving: Warning Signs

  • Increasing number of near collisions.
  • Direct involvement in minor collisions.
  • Difficulty seeing pedestrians, objects and other vehicles.
  • Difficulty co-ordinating hand and foot movements.
  • Increased nervousness when behind the wheel.

Know your transportation alternatives

  • Public transportation.
  • Friends and family members who drive.
  • Keep your vehicle and have others drive for you e.g. volunteer driver programs.
  • Taxis.
  • Walking/cycling.
  • Motorized wheelchairs.