- Take a driving refresher course designed for older drivers. A refresher course for drivers or a driving course targeted to older drivers is just the ticket to stay on top of new laws, new equipment, and new ways of thinking.
- Avoid driving in bad weather and when visibility is limited. Try to reschedule appointments or errands to times when weather conditions improve, or consider public transportation. Drive only during daylight hours if possible. However, bright sunshine can be equally dangerous. Wear sunglasses to help reduce glare.
- Plan your route ahead of time. Travel on roads you know. Make a trial run on those you don’t. Choose well-lit streets and those with clearly marked. Look for easy access to parking spaces and parking garages.
- Limit left hand turns. Senior drivers are more likely to be involved in left-turn crashes as they age. To help reduce this risk, make left turns only at controlled intersections with left turn arrows or re-route popular trips using only right turns.
- Explore alternatives to driving before the need arises. Identify transportation options in your area to be prepared to help you stay mobile and independent without missing a beat.
- Avoid busy highways. If interstate highway travel is cause for alarm, take the road less traveled and those with which you are most familiar. Try to plan appointments and errands at times when there is lighter traffic.
- Choose a “senior friendly” vehicle. Consider options that may help compensate for a loss of strength or vision such as power steering, power and anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and more. Adaptive equipment may be necessary, such as hand controls. Also, choose a light, single-tone paint color.
If driving is no longer an option, consider hiring a company that can help get you to and from your errands and appointments. At Senior Helpers, our caregivers can assist you in your daily needs.
About Senior Helpers:
Senior Helpers provides many in-home, caregiving services for the elderly in New London, Norwich, Willimantic, Vernon, Putnam, Old Saybrook and surrounding areas. We offer extensive in-home health care services for seniors who embrace their independence and the personal dignity that goes with it. Our in-home health care services are provided by bonded and insured caregivers all of whom pass a national background check.
If a senior family member needs in-home care services in New London County, Middlesex County, Tolland County, or Windham County, Connecticut, we are an excellent choice with exemplary references. In-home care is the compassionate choice for your elderly loved ones’ continued independent living. We promise we will do our best to make it a positive experience for them and you. For more information, please visit: http://seniorhelpers.com/location/0906.
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