Keeping Older Drivers Safe

Keeping your loved ones safe is so important. Whether they are your parents, grandparents, or neighbors they mean the world to you. With Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 7–11) upon us here are some helpful tips on how to keep these important people safe while driving.

1. Consider the Health and Medical Conditions of the Driver – Problems with eyesight, sleep, tremors, or memory can make driving more dangerous. Make sure to ask yourself or a loved one the following question: Can you remember the routes you frequently drive? Do traffic signs and signals, or other motorists make you feel overwhelmed while driving? Have you recently received a ticket or citation for a driving violation, or been in a minor crash?

2. Consider Adapted Vehicles – Vehicles can be easily adapted to meet the needs of your older driver. It can be as simple as adding a swivel seat or pedal extender.

3. Use Drive Assistance Technologies – Using cars that have automatic vehicle braking, backup cameras and blind-spot detectors help to minimize the risk of an accident. Another assistive technology to have installed is the T3. This device can help keep track of a car’s location, assist in a crash, unlock the car door, and give the status of the car’s battery.

Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know their location but they have driven into a remote area that is not within range of a cell tower, just ask T3 for its current gps location.  The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message.  As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and respond with the current location.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/older-drivers/keeping-our-older-drivers-safe-road