According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, people 65 and older made up 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 8 percent of those injured in traffic crashes. The effects of aging can sneak up on you. What was once a no-brainer can suddenly become a challenge, seemingly overnight.
Night vision is often one of the first things to go. So, after age 65, get your eyes checked annually. After age 50, you should get your hearing checked at least every three years. Vehicle backup cameras, blind-spot warning devices or mirrors, and anti-glare visors are all simple devices that can improve senior driving safety.
But remember, even if your state doesn’t require retesting, you’re still responsible for your own safety…and the safety of others. Consider attending a CarFit screening to make sure your vehicle is the right fit for you.
Look into driving safety courses specifically geared toward older drivers—hey, it may even get you a discount on your insurance policy.
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