Tips for Safe Senior Driving
4/9/2013 (Updated 11:50:03 PM)Older drivers sometimes face face significant challenges-- and Tuesday, the Broome County Health Department held a senior driving seminar--
It was to help address problems before they become a traffic-safety crisis.
The experts recommend checklists-- that include everything from proper application of seat belts, positioning of mirrors and car seats---to awareness of changes in health, and medication.
Instructors say safe driving is not directly related to age:
"Age alone is not a good indicator of a person's driving ability," said Rory Fluman, the project coordinator for the Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety Project. "I've worked with plenty of 90 and 100-year-olds that are very good drivers. It's your health, your functional ability and how you can drive the safest the longest."
"It is a real bummer to not be able to drive, to lose that freedom. and we're trying to help people keep that," said Wayne Roberts, chief of Endicott Auxiliary Police.
Instructors note that older drivers often resist help and recommendations from others, fearing that their licenses might be taken away.
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