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8 Safety Tips for Older Drivers

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Everyone needs to practice safe driving, but some drivers face their own set of challenges. For example, inexperienced drivers—who, in most cases, are also young drivers—may need extra training in order to properly prepare for the challenges of life behind the wheel.

From December 1 to 7th, Older Driver Safety Awareness Week looks at older drivers and their unique driving safety challenges. Although everyone ages differently, generally speaking people in their golden years face problems others don’t, such as slowing reflexes, hindered hearing, chronic health conditions, and worsening eyesight. However, there are a number of ways to help overcome these issues…

1. Stay in Shape

Rarely do we make the connection between physical exercise and driving an automobile, but there are some serious advantages to staying physically fit when it comes to getting behind the wheel.

For one, being physically active can help increase alertness, making it easier to respond quickly to sudden actions on the road, such as having a pedestrian run into the street or having another drive swerve into your lane. Additionally, physical activity can help build strength and flexibility, helping a driver make the kinds of movements they need to make in order to stay safe, such as bending to check blind spots and steering the wheel hard in an emergency.

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