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Safe Driving at Any Age by Elizabeth Rash PhD ARNP FNP-C

Published on: January 30, 2013 | Category: Miscellaneous Health Topics

Driving is important for meeting basic needs, grocery shopping, getting to appointments or work and for socializing with friends. The ability to continue driving is important to maintaining independence. This is especially true in an area with less access to public transportation. However, it is important to know when you have conditions that make driving unsafe and to be aware of things you can do to be a safer driver or when it is time to limit your driving.

The following are conditions that can lead to unsafe driving and possible solutions.

Safe Driving Solution

Listen to family members, friends and health care providers that have concerns regarding your driving safety. Think about red flags that might indicate unsafe driving: getting lost, accidents or near accidents. Know your public transportation options: buses, taxis and community transits or senior shuttles.

It takes a lot of courage to stop driving and put the safety of yourself and others first. However, there are some good things about giving up driving. You can decrease your car-associated costs (gas, car maintenance, auto insurance). You can increase your circle of friends that can help with transportation. If you feel uncomfortable asking friends for rides, offer to help pay for gas or buy them lunch or a cup of coffee. You can improve your health by walking more. And you can slow down your pace and enjoy new things.

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