Staying behind the wheel

Older people drive more than in past generations. They drive farther, and they drive more often.

Older drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than other age groups, except for teenagers.

Many organizations have developed materials and educational programs to help older adults drive safely. These courses teach how to avoid collisions and traffic tickets, how to improve judgment and coordination, and driving tips.

Drivers age 55 and older completing an approved course might receive a discount on auto insurance rates for three years (contact your insurance company for details). Typically, companies grant a ten percent or greater discount upon receiving proof of safety course completion.

Measures for Staying Behind the Wheel:

  • You should obtain regular eye exams.
  • Ask your doctor if any of your medications may affect your driving ability. If so, find out if the medication can be replaced with an alternate medication.
  • Get regular exercise. Driving requires flexibility, strength, and coordination. Walking, tennis, golf, bocce ball, and other activities will help you stay in shape.
  • When driving, adjust your seat so that you can see out of all of the car windows. Set the steering wheel so that it is at least 10 inches from your chest.
  • Always buckle your seat belt.
  • Avoid distractions.