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Tips for Seniors

How to be a better senior driver

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    Service your body as well as your vehicle
    Exercise to keep your upper body flexible. This will help you look over your shoulders before making lane changes and turns. Get regular eyesight checkups. Talk to your pharmacist about medications or combinations of certain medications, even over-the-counter ones that may impair your concentration.


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    Out of the car...
    Avoid rush-hour driving. Know where you’re going, plan your route before leaving home. Navigation systems are a great tool, but always have a map in your car as a back-up. Avoid driving at night and in bad weather, when your visibility is limited. Take a safety class for senior drivers. It doesn’t hurt any driver to get a refresher course on safe driving, and it can be a fun way to meet others.

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    Plan ahead
    Begin thinking about other transportation now. The transition to the passenger seat usually occurs over several years. Try supplementing your driving with alternatives during this time. Casually consult family, friends or neighbours for ideas. Explore available options in your community — from public transport to shuttle alternatives. See which options may suit your lifestyle.

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    Most important
    Listen to what your mind and body are telling you. If you have any doubt that you can still drive safely, begin implementing your alternative mobility plans.









Tips for discussion with the senior driver

If you have concerns that an older family member could be dangerous behind the wheel, it’s important to address the situation as soon as possible

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    To begin
    Take a ride with your loved one and observe their driving skill. Discretely watch their awareness of their driving environment. Check out their reflexes. Do they have slow reaction times? Look into alternate transportation solutions and be prepared to discuss options.






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    During your talk
    Start the conversation with a question about how they feel when they are driving. Frame the conversation in a positive light. Carefully listen to what your family member is saying and truly hear their concerns. Communicate your concern for their safety and the safety of others. Always show respect. Avoid an argument; be kind and patient. If necessary, enlist the support of your loved one’s physician.

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    Most important
    Have realistic expectations. It’s likely that the matter will not be resolved with the first discussion.