Checklist: Am I A Safe Driver?

For many of us, driving is a key aspect of maintaining our independence as we age. But it’s normal for our driving abilities to change as we get older. By reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving practices, you may be able to continue driving safely long into your senior years.

Even if you find that you need to reduce your driving or give up the keys, it doesn’t mean the end of your independence. Seeking alternative methods of transportation can offer health and social benefits, as well as a welcome change of pace to life.

Check the box if the statement applies to you.

I get lost while driving?

My friends and family members say they are worried about my driving?

Other cars seem to appear out of nowhere?

I have trouble seeing signs in time to respond to them?

Other drivers drive too fast?

Other drivers often honk at me?

Driving stresses, me out?

After driving, I feel tired?

I have had more “near misses” lately?

Busy intersections bother me?

Left-hand turns make me nervous?

The glare from oncoming headlights bothers me?

My medication makes me dizzy or drowsy?

I have trouble turning the steering wheel?

I have trouble pushing down on the gas pedal or brakes?

I have trouble looking over my shoulder when I back up?

I have been stopped by the police from my driving recently?

People will no longer accept rides from me?

I don’t like to drive at night?

I have more trouble parking lately?

If you have checked any of the boxes, your safety may be at risk when you drive. Talk to your doctor about ways to improve your safety when you drive.

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