the process of ageing is different for every single person. That’s why it is essential for senior drivers to reflect on their own driving, to understand where they may be experiencing difficulty, and to know where to get practical advice.
Equally useful is a commitment from every driver – regardless of age and experience – to be willing to reflect on the risks they may face, and the risks they pose to others. The best drivers are willing to recognize the situations that may lead to increased risk, and to ask where, when and why they occur.
Learning from those situations, perhaps with some expert help, is a good way for a senior driver to stay as safe as possible for as long as possible.
To stay safe behind the wheel, senior citizens should take consideration of the following essential tips, as recommended by GEM Assist, a UK-based comprehensive and competitively-priced Roadside Assistance and Vehicle Recovery Service provider.
- Get fit and stay fit. If possible, do some exercise for 15 to 20 minutes each day. Get a regular eye test. This allows early detection of possible problems.
- Get a driver MOT. It’s an enjoyable way of updating your skills.
- Make sure the car you drive best suits your current needs.
- Adapt your driving to avoid journeys that cause you stress or discomfort.
- Reflect on your driving; learn from your mistakes and near misses. Don’t pretend they’re not happening.
- Plan your journeys to avoid using the roads at really busy times, and build in plenty of breaks on longer journeys.
- Listen to the thoughts of family members and friends. If they express concern about your driving, it’s because they care about you staying safe.
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