Safe driving tips for seniors

According to the Pew Research Center, a higher percentage of seniors live in Florida than any other state. If you are one of the millions of Sunshine State residents who is age 65 or older, you may have special considerations for safe driving. 

Review these driving tips for seniors to reduce the risk of significant auto accident injury. 

Check your vision

Annual eye exams can ensure you see well enough to drive safely. Many vision issues, including glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, more commonly affect older adults. If you have glasses, update your prescription every year and wear them whenever you drive. Avoid driving after dark if you have limited night vision. 

Plan your trip

Try scheduling outings in the middle of the day to avoid morning and afternoon rush hour. If you must drive during a busier time, plan your route carefully to avoid traffic and remain on quieter roads if possible. Before you leave home, set up your navigation system to prevent distractions as you drive. 

Review your medications

Many older adults take one or more prescription medications. Check with your doctor to make sure the drugs you take, including over-the-counter medications, will not cause drowsiness when you drive. Common culprits include cold medications, sleep remedies, pain medications and tranquilizers. 

If you plan to drive after age 65, you might benefit from a driving refresher course. Updating your skills can help you feel more confident on the road and avoid dangerous accidents. You might also qualify for insurance benefits, such as a discount based on safe driving education.