Safe Driving for Seniors... and for Juniors too
The Hartford in cooperation with the MIT AgeLab promotes safe driving and offers valuable advice in free publications.
The Hartford has created a number of helpful publications on driving evaluations, driving wellness, dementia and driving, family conversations about driving safety, shopping for a safer car and on many other topics of interest and important to seniors. These really informative and useful guidebooks can be downloaded or ordered free of charge.
Seniors as a group are safe drivers. But seniors often suffer from conditions that can make driving dangerous. As we age, we begin to suffer from failing eyesight, loss of hearing, stiff neck or shoulders that make it difficult to turn when backing up, chronic knee pain that makes it painful to hit the brakes in an emergency and from a lot of other things. Seniors tire quickly, resulting in a decline in alertness. We all know how our health can affect our driving, so seniors need to be aware of their constraints and adjust to them.
Driving means freedom and independence. A person who isn’t free to drive feels a loss of independence. So it’s difficult for a person who has always been independent and confident, to even contemplate giving up on driving. And in fact it isn’t always necessary, as long as we adjust to our age limitations. We can often improve our skills or simply improve our driving safety by recognizing and acknowledging our limitations.
Click on www.safedrivingforalifetime.com/publications. And while you’re there, exercise your brain. Click on http://hartfordauto.thehartford.com/Safe-Driving/Brain-Fitness/Brain-Teaser/build-better-brain.shtml