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5 Important Safe Driving Tips for Seniors

November 22nd, 2012  |  Insurance

Senior citizens make up a large portion of the driving population in Ontario. As the baby boomer generation continues to get closer to the age of retirement, the number of senior citizen drivers is going to increase. Therefore, more emphasis needs to be placed on the needs of older drivers from a number of perspectives. Two things that commonly come up in the discussion about seniors and driving is auto insurance coverage that is catered to their specific situation as well as seeking  an effective way to test the skills, knowledge and driving ability of elderly drivers.

Safe driving for seniors is an important topic that needs to get the attention it deserves. That being said, here are a number of vital safe driving tips for seniors to ensure they have the skills and abilities  required to be safe and effective drivers.

  1. Focus on the road: As we get older, our reaction times and motor skills start to slow down. This is why it is important to remain focused on the road at all times.
  2. Be realistic and know your limitations: If you feel as though you have reached the point where you can no longer drive safely, opt for an alternative form of transportation. Public transportation taxis and getting rides from others is a better option if you question your abilities.
  3. Stay home when the weather is bad: This point is relevant to all drivers, but since your reaction times tend to be a little slower as you age, stay home when the weather is bad and sudden reactions to situations is more likely to occur.
  4. Stick with what you know: Drive the roads and routes that you are familiar with. This will reduce the likelihood of you getting confused or even lost.
  5. Drive at night only when you have to: As we age our vision tends to get worse, especially at night. If you have vision issues at night, it is best to stay home or make alternative arrangements if you need to go out.

Following these tips will not only ensure that elderly drivers put themselves in situations they can handle on the road; it will ensure that they remain safe and effective drivers. 

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