AAA offers senior driving tips

July 5, 2012 12:00 AM

As a person ages, their ability to drive safely naturally becomes reduced due to slower reaction time and awareness. The recently updated AAA website for senior driving offers numerous tips for elderly Americans who are still out on the road.

The revamped website includes a new program called Roadwise Review, which can be downloaded to Windows-based machines. The Roadwise Review gives seniors a number of tests related to different aspects of driving. The program then shows the senior where they can improve, and offers some tips on how he or she  can be a safer driver out on the road.

The website also has a number of resources available for adult caregivers, who can often butt heads with seniors over the driving issue. The resources include tips for coming to an agreement on driving privileges and how to assess a senior's ability on the road.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there's a noticeable increase in fatality rates once a person hits 75, most likely due to the naturally reduced driving ability one experiences while aging.

While drivers can't control the ability of others out on the road, they can ensure they avoid accidents due to mechanical failure. Properly inflated tires and regular brake service can go a long way toward avoiding problems on the road.

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