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Driving Safely and Confidently

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Keeping Us Safe is Celebrating

A salute to “KEEPING US SAFE”

As a certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” professional, I am proud to be associated with the KEEPING US SAFE organization. This year they are celebrating their sixth anniversary devoted to serving the elderly drivers in our communities and their families to help prevent tragedies on the highways. Below is a word from the founder of Keeping Us Safe, Matt Gurwell.

 

 

 

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Stay Connected with the Elderly Driver in Your Life

Persuading the Elderly Driver to Give Up the Keys

INTRODUCTION

After family members have had a frank and open discussion with the elderly driver in their life, driving outcomes will vary. Perhaps the elderly driver has been convinced that he or she should retire from driving and is ready to give up the keys to the car. Or, perhaps, the older driver denies that driving is a problem. The parent or elderly relative is not willing to admit that driving skills have deteriorated, that eyesight has worsened, that reflexes are slower or that destinations of trips are often forgotten and produce confusion

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Position and Distance | right position

For Good Control of Your Car Be in the Right Position and at the Right Distance

 

Right Position and Right Distance to Avoid Mishaps

Being too far from the brake pedal or too far from the steering wheel can cost you dearly if you are in some road mishap, so being in the right position and right distance is crucial.   In the following video, hear what a driving expert has to say about the importance of having your feet in the right position in relationship to the brake pedal and having your arms at the right distance on the steering wheel.

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What Makes for a Safe Driver – Elderly or Not? (Part 2)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ATTITUDE TO BE A SAFE DRIVER

 

Part 1 Review

In part 1 of this 2-part series, we mentioned that to be a safe driver, you need to successfully combine knowledge of the rules of the road, facility with handling the car, concentration, anticipation of the road conditions, and a proper attitude toward other drivers and to pedestrians. We covered the first two item in some detail. In this post we will cover the remaining three items.

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WHAT MAKES FOR A SAFE DRIVER – Elderly or Not? (Part 1)

What is a safe driver?a safe driver

The answer is, it has nothing to do with being elderly!

Elderly or not, what makes for a safe driver does not necessarily depend on the number of decades you have lived. Rather, it is a matter of how well you pull together:

  • your knowledge of the rules of the road,
  • your facility with the auto you are driving, including the efficient and smooth use of stick shift, braking, accelerating and cornering
  • your ability to concentrate,
  • your anticipating possible adverse road conditions and taking defensive action, and

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Wet Road Conditions and Hydroplaning

Spring Showers and Hydroplaning

hydroplaningAs Spring approaches and rain showers replace snow flurries, hydroplaning becomes an ever present concern, especially on highways and can lead to loss of control while driving. Smart Motorist published a great article on hydroplaning some years ago and it is reproduced here for your benefit.

 

 

Hydroplaning (Aquaplaning)

Hydroplaning (called Aquaplaning)

Hydroplaning (called aquaplaning in Europe and Asia) occurs when water on the roadway accumulates in front of your vehicle’s tires faster that the weight of your vehicle can push it out of the way. The water pressure can cause your car to rise up and slide on top of a thin layer of water between your tires and the road.

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Let Walking Make You a Better Driver [2]

The Mind and Walking

Mental and Emotional Obstacles Overcome by Walking

In the first article in this series, we mentioned that walking can have a positive impact your vision, cognition and in-car mobility.  One concrete example is the effect that walking can have on the on-set of glaucoma, a serious, debilitating eye disease that can eventually end one’s driving career. Today we want to continue this discussion by pointing out that walking can help the elderly driver overcome mental and emotional obstacles to safe operation of a vehicle.

Driving Under Stress

It would seem obvious that driving while under stress, tension, anger, fatigue and confusion can be distracting, impairing and debilitating.

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Let Walking Make You a Better Driver (1)

Improving Your Driving by Walking

Walking Is a Great Way to Improve

If improved driving capability is your goal, there are few things you can do that bring as many benefits to you as walking. This simple form of exercise is easy to do and can be taken up indoors or outdoors. Most importantly walking can help you improve the three crucial functionalities necessary for competent, safe driving.

Driving involves three functionalities: seeing, thinking and moving. Without anyone of these components your driving days are walking to become a better driveressentially over. All three, to one extent or another, can be improved by walking.

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Recognizing The Signs

Recognizing the Signs On the RoadRecognizing the Signs

Recognizing the signs, especially road and street signs, is a vital part of the driving experience. Signs inform you about many things, including: distances, locations, road conditions, speed limits, right of way, types of intersections, stopping and going.

Thus, recognizing the signs will provide you essential information if you are going to navigate the highways and by-ways of your cities, states and nations. This knowledge is so important that before you get the privilege of getting on the road, you are required to recognize these and many more signs. No one questions the validity of recognizing the signs.

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Do You Fear Losing Your Driver’s License? | Road Test

Retaking Your Road Test Need Not Spell Disaster

What are your fears?

If you were re-taking your road test today, to renew your driver’s license as an elderly driver, what would be your greatest concern?

Are you jittery about:

If you are in one of the states, where elderly drivers are required to retake the road test then the following infographic may be of some help. It is not exhaustive, but it does touch upon a number of these concerns and provides some strategies to prepare for your road test.

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