How will I know when it's time to stop driving?

How will  I know when it's time to stop driving?

From the time we are a teenager, we feel that driving our car is the ultimate sense of independence. As youngsters we loved driving just about anywhere with our friends on any kind of adventure. As an adult, it was our means to transport a family and make the commute to work. And in retirement, many seek out those old feelings by travelling or even Sunday cruising their favorite old car.

However, as we all know, senior driving can be touchy topic because as we age our reflexes slow down, our hearing and vision get a little worse and even some medications can make it hard to drive.

So what do we do? Here are some tips:

  1. Stay physically active. The better your overall health is, the better your driving skills should
  2. Keep up with your Medical Issues. Keep your annual physical, hearing and vision tests up to date. This way you can be confident in your
  3. Drive when the conditions are good. If it’s snowy or rainy, it’s no big deal to postpone your plans that day. It’s not worth risking anything because you thought you needed to run to the store.
  4. Minimize distractions. Turn off your cell phone and, if necessary, the radio also. Distracted driving is dangerous driving!
  5. Update your driving skills. Your family and insurance company would probably love it if your took (and passed) a driving course designed specifically for aging drivers.

Sometimes, our senior friends drive somewhere for the simple need of getting out of the house. Did you know a move to Danbury with friends of the same age and gourmet meals and activities all day long can be the perfect solution? Give me a call to learn more!

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