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2. Do you have control of your vehicle?

Loss of strength, coordination and flexibility can make it hard to control your vehicle.

Do you have trouble…

  • Looking over your shoulder to change lanes?
  • Moving your foot from the gas to the brake pedal?
  • Turning the steering wheel?
  • Walking less than a block a day?
  • Going up or down stairs because you have pain in your knees, legs or ankles?

If you said “Yes” to any of these questions, you should…

  • Check with your doctor about physical therapy, medicine, stretching exercises, or a walking or fitness program.
  • Know that an automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, and other special equipment can make it easier for you to drive your vehicle and use the foot pedals.
  • Reduce your driver’s side blind spot by moving your mirrors.
  • Watch for flashing lights of emergency vehicles.
  • Listen for sounds outside your vehicle.