In the future, self-driving cars may enable older drivers to stay on the road indefinitely. Until then, these tips can help you cope with age-related challenges when driving:
1. See your doctor yearly. Your doctor can evaluate how well you move, how well your mind works, and any hearing or vision issues that may affect your driving ability.
2. Be aware of drug side effects, such as drowsiness, blurry vision, and slow reaction time.
3. Get a CarFit check. This program assists older adults in ensuring their vehicles are properly adjusted for safety and comfort. Find a CarFit event near you.
4. Take an online or in-person safety course. AAA offers resources for older drivers.
5. Consider a driving assessment. Your motor vehicle department or state government may offer assessments, or you can search for a driver rehabilitation specialist at the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists or the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Melissa Caravella is a New Jersey-based health writer and content strategist. She has spent more than a dozen years writing and editing health content for consumers, with a focus on translating complex medical information into understandable and actionable knowledge.