In 2012, 5,560 people ages 65 and older were killed and 214,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. These older individuals made up 17% of all traffic fatalities and 9% of all people injured in traffic crashes during that year. Compared to 2011, fatalities among seniors and injured people in this age group increased by 16%.
9 Summer Driving Safety Tips for Seniors:
- 1.Plan ahead: check weather conditions to make sure you feel comfortable driving in the predicted conditions.
- 2.Give yourself extra time and take regular breaks
- 3.Be prepared for emergencies: travel with a first-aid kit and the essentials if you get into an auto accident.
- 4.Pull over in emergencies wherever it is safe.
- 5.Check your tires before heading out
- 6.Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you to give yourself time to react if necessary.
- 7.Get your eyes checked regularly to make sure you can drive safely.
- 8.Avoid distractions such as the radio, cell phone, eating and or drinking.
- 9.Look out for motorcyclists and bicyclists.
These tips aren’t just for seniors. All motorists should follow the above simple safety tips for safe driving!