Tips for sharing the road with older drivers:
- Be patient. Understand that older drivers are more susceptible to injury and death. What may have been a minor crash for them a few years ago could result in a fatality today.
- Don't follow too closely or honk to speed them up. This could fluster an older driver and cause them to try to perform a maneuver that could cause a crash.
- Give them time and space to maneuver. If their driving frustrates you, wait for a safe opportunity to pass.
Tips for older drivers:
- Talk candidly with your physician about your driving ability AND about the effect any of your medications may have on your ability to drive safely.
- Keep informed about traffic laws by checking with your local police or the DMV Office of the Older Driver.
- Always wear your safety belt.
- Be especially alert at the wheel. Try to anticipate unexpected behavior by other drivers and watch carefully for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Try not to drive too slowly. It's actually unsafe, as you can obstruct traffic behind you.
- Avoid driving busy streets and highways during morning or evening rush periods. Try to plan
your appointments and errands at less-heavily traveled times.
- Keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. Have your tires, belts and fluid levels checked regularly.
- Avoid driving at night, if possible, as the ability to see the roadway at night becomes more difficult.