We all want to maintain our ability to go where we want, when we want, especiallyas we grow older and enjoy more leisure time. Self-awareness is the key. People who can accurately assess their fitness to drive can adjust their driving habits, and stay safe on the road. With smart selfmanagement, you can retain the independence that comes with driving, while limiting the risksto yourself and others.

What To Do

• Be aware of your physical limitations and how they may affect your driving.

• Listen to the advice from those who know you best and care about you.

• Discuss driving with your doctor – he or she can evaluate whether any medication you may be taking will affect your driving.

• Refresh your knowledge of safe driving practices and learn about new traffic control and roadway design features through a defensive driving class.

• Plan your route. Drive where you are familiar with the road conditions and traffic patterns.

• Drive during the day and avoid rush hours.  Find alternate routes with less traffic.

• Choose a car with an automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. If you have a physical condition that limits your mobility, see an occupational therapist or a certified driver rehabilitation specialist to obtain special equipment to make it easier for you to steer and operate the foot pedals.

• Make sure you always wear your glasses and that they are a current prescription.

• If you lose or break your glasses, don’t rely on an old pair; replace them right away with your newest prescription. Avoid eyewear with sidepieces that may block your vision.

• See an eye doctor every year to check for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other conditions.

• Begin planning for alternate ways of meeting your transportation needs. Learn about transportation options in your community, and then try them out to see which work best for you.

Source:  www.michigan.gov/documents