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Mature / Older Driver

Traffic Safety Board
William Johnson, Administrator


Getting older does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. It is important to plan ahead and take steps to ensure safety on the road. 

How can you evaluate your driving? 

It is important to understand mind and body changes.  Those changes could occur with vision, hearing, medical conditions and medications, reaction time, and mind/cognitive changes.  Improve your driving skills by recognizing your personal limitations and by:

· preparing for your drive (Safe driving tips)

· learning how to handle unexpected situations

· avoid driving in poor weather conditions

· assessing the risks related to traffic volume, time of day, etc.

Mature/older drivers want to maintain their independence and mobility.  How can this be accomplished?  Visit AAA Senior Driving to find the answers. 

What is CarFit for the older driver?

CarFit is an educational program offering mature/older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them.  The program includes individual adjustments to help drivers find their best “fit” in their vehicle, allowing them to benefit from the vehicle’s safety features, feel more comfortable and have better control.  CarFit offers informational and instructional videos online.

Driver Safety Programs

Driver safety programs improve adult driver safety by addressing cognitive abilities and skills. AARP Driver SafetyAARP offers educational programming including the Smart Driver Course, Driving Resource Center, CarFit, and We Need to Talk as resources to assist older drivers to remain independent, safe and confident while on the road.

The Help of Others

How can all drivers help an older driver?  We can be smart and share the road with older drivers.

The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board distributes information on mature/older driver for both the drivers and families at the Office for the Aging senior picnics during the summer season.  It is very important for families to keep the lines of communication open (Mom and Dad We Need to Talk).  Are You Concerned about an Older Driver provides valuable information on resources.

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