The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers the following tips for older drivers on how to stay safe behind the wheel.
- Do schedule an eye exam. The American Optometric Association recommends that adults ages 19 to 60 receive an eye exam at least every two years, and that those over 60 have their eyes checked annually.
- Review your medications with your doctor, and be alert for any side effects that may interfere with your driving.
- Avoid driving at night, when visibility is low.
- Avoid driving during rush hour.
- Avoid risky left turns by making a series of right turns instead.
- Make sure that your steering wheel, seat and mirrors are all properly adjusted, and that you're able to completely depress the gas and brake pedals.
- Make sure you can move your head and neck comfortably so you can check your blind spots as well as side traffic.
- Always wear a safety belt, even when you're just making a quick run to the store. Make sure the belt is untwisted and easy to get in and out of.
- Take a driver's safety course to refine your skills and possibly lower your insurance rates. AARP offers a course that can be taken either in-person or online.
Source: Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50