Safe Driving Tips for Older Drivers

Now that I have discussed Driving Tips for Teens and What You Need to Know About Texting While Driving, I guess it is time to focus on the older demographic. So, what are the safety tips for older drivers? Well, in this blog post, I will talk about the driving tips in order for the people in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s to travel safely.

  • Always wear your seat belts. Even though you have been driving for years, don’t be complacent. You should make it a habit to buckle up before you start your trip. If you the belt feels uncomfortable, you can adjust the mount to your preference or you may buy a shoulder pad for additional comfort.
  • Put your phone on silent mode. Your mobile phone can distract you while driving. Make sure to avoid looking at your phone while on the road. Your focus should be your safety. Moreover, do not attempt to call or text anyone while driving. It is best to switch your phone off or put it on silent mode.
  • Eating while driving is huge NO! Aside from your texting and calling, eating can also be a distraction. If you are feeling hungry, stop at a nearby gas station to grab a sandwich. You can also eat some snack or grab some refreshments at a parking space.
  • Never drink and drive. As time passes, a person’s alcohol tolerance may decrease. For older people, a glass of wine can already hamper driving capabilities. Thus, one drink can make you unfit to drive. So, avoid instances where alcohol is involved.
  • Get rid of other distractions. It’s not just your phone that can distract you, but also listening to music and talking to other passengers. If you easily get distracted, switch off the stereo and focus your attention to what is ahead of you.

person driving black coupe during daytime

  • Drive during the day.  Older people tend to have a eyesight. So, if you are one of the people who experience visual problems, drive during daytime. Avoid driving at night because you might find the headlights too glaring.
  • Always check the weather.  If the weather is bad, don’t go out. Weather conditions, such as the rain, fog, and snow, can pose as a threat for older drivers. If you need to go somewhere, you can take a cab or carpool with someone else.
  • Schedule your activities when there is less traffic.  Traffic jams can stress and annoy everyone. So, avoid going out during rush hours. If you are not in a hurry, you can always travel when the traffic is lighter.
  • Do not drive when you are tired.  If you are feeling under the radar, do not force yourself to drive. Just sit and relax a bit. Then, drive when you are already relaxed.
  • Know the side effects of your medications. Lastly, when you are old, for sure, there are maintenance medications that are taking. Make sure these meds won’t make you feel sleepy or lethargic. Some prescriptions may affect your focus and attention. So, be cautious on driving while taking the medication. Browse through all your medications before you hit the road.