A person’s age should not be the determining factor of when a mature driver should stop driving.
Drivers who are in good physical shape, get regular vision and hearing screenings, manage their
medications, and know their own limitations can continue to drive safely on into their golden years. In fact, a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reveals that drivers ages 70 and older are now less likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident than those 35 to 54.
Things to consider:
Make sure the car is properly maintained and a proper fit for driving. To help feel more confident in
driving, newer cars provide many safety features that will help you avoid collisions, back up safely, change lanes, and manage your blind spot.
Avoid any driver distraction! Keep cell phones tucked away and enter your destination into your
navigation system before embarking on your trip. Also, avoid eating your drinking in the car to help you remain focused on the road.
Carefully plan your trip to avoid driving at night or being on the road during the busiest times of the day. Consider the current weather conditions before heading out.
Avoid driving after taking any medication that could make you drowsy or cause dizziness.
Consider enrolling in a driver refresher course to update your driving knowledge and skills. Some
insurance companies may offer a discount on your auto policy by showing you have taken the course. You can also take a traffic school course online to refresh your knowledge of the laws.
Regularly accessing your age-related changes and adjusting your driving habits will keep you and others safe!