AAA Names Car Features “Smart” For Older Drivers

By: AAA Email
By: AAA Email

Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida leads the nation with more than 17 percent of its population age 65 years and older, and that number is expected to continue to grow in the years to come. Access to transportation is important to many older Floridians who cherish their independence.

With such a large resident population of senior drivers and many more who vacation here during the winter months, it is fitting that Florida observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to help ensure seniors can continue to enjoy their freedom while doing so in a safe manner.

“More than 3 million of our almost 16 million drivers in Florida are age 65 or older,” said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie L. Jones.

“Being able to remain active and productive members of their communities is important to our older residents, and by highlighting the importance of driver safety, we hope they can continue to safely enjoy this freedom.”

FLHSMV offers these tips to assist older drivers:

  • Plan your day so that you do most of your driving when visibility is greatest and traffic is lightest, such as mid-morning and after lunch.

  • Plan the route to your destination to minimize left turns.

  • Look twice both ways before making a turn or entering an intersection.

  • Minimize lane changes. When you change lanes, be sure to use your signals.

  • Turn the volume on your radio down or turn off the radio completely.

  • Have your vision and hearing tested annually.

  • Heed warning labels on medications. Even prescription drugs can impair driving and judgment.

  • Consider alternative transportation options.

For more information and additional resources to help older drivers remain mobile and independent, visit the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition’s website at FLHSMV is an active member of the coalition.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement.

The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.

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