Model Driver Screening and Evaluation Program
Volume III: Guidelines for Motor Vehicle Administrators

 

Appendix G:
Educational Material 
for the General Driving Public

 

How Is Your Driving Health? 

Cartoon of Man and Women Driving Car

A Self-Awareness Checklist 

Tips to Help You Drive Safely Longer 

A product promoting Safe Mobility for Life 
from the Maryland Research Consortium on older drivers. 

 

VISION

Good driving health begins with good vision. With declining vision, your responses to signals, signs, and changing traffic conditions become slower, increasing your crash risk. 

Warning Signs

Tips

PHYSICAL FITNESS

Diminished strength, flexibility, and coordination can have a major impact on your ability to control your vehicle in a safe manner.

Warning Signs

Tips

ATTENTION AND REACTION TIME

Driving often requires quick reactions to safety threats. As we grow older, it becomes more difficult to divide attention and to make rapid responses. 

Warning Signs

Tips

DON'T IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS  --
HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?


SELF AWARENESS: THE KEY TO SAFE DRIVING

While we all want to keep driving for as long we can, none of us wants to be a threat to ourselves or to others because we are no longer able to drive safely. A leading cause of accidental death among older persons is automobile crashes.

It's important to remember that most seniors are capable, and have a lifetime of valuable driving experience. Decisions about a person's ability to drive should never be based on age alone. 

Fortunately, most seniors take appropriate steps when they detect a problem with their driving. But it's not always obvious when a general health problem, vision problem, or a side effect of medications will lead to a driving impairment. 

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. They will retain the personal mobility that comes with driving, while limiting the risks to themselves and to others.

This brochure can increase your awareness about different problems that lead to unsafe driving. It also gives you tips to help keep you behind the wheel. For more information, contact:

To find a driver rehabilitation specialist in your area:

  • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) (608) 884-8833, www.driver-ed.org
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (301) 652-2682, www.aota.org 

To find a mature driver education class in your area:

  • AARP/55-Alive. 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669) 
  • AAA Safe Driving for Mature Drivers 
    (Call your local AAA club for availability of classes) 

For information about benefits & services for older persons provided by the Agency on Aging in your area: 

  • Eldercare Locator 1-800-677-1116 
  • State contact info: www.aoa.gov/aoa/pages/state.html

 

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