As a person ages, there are changes in vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even height which may reduce control behind the wheel. One thing older drivers can do to adapt to factors that may affect their driving is to make individual adjustments to find their best person-to-vehicle fit. These adjustments will help drivers benefit from their vehicle’s safety features by helping them feel more comfortable and in better control behind the wheel. Another safe driving factor is refreshing the rules of the road. You may have been taught to use the 2 second rule when following a vehicle, yet, with car lengths getting shorter; the 2 second rule has changed to the 5 second rule.
Find out how to keep your license longer and be a safer driver through AARP’s Safe Driving class. It is offered at Maplewood Health & Rehabilitation Center, 245 Sycamore St., Sauk City, on Monday, April 24 2017, 10:00-2:30. There is a nominal fee (cash/check no credit card option available) for instruction materials: AARP members = $15, Non-AARP members = $20. Please bring your AARP number and drivers License for registration purposes. Reservations are not necessary, but they are welcome, 643-3383.
Many insurance companies offer discounts if their senior clients participate in a safe driving class. Ask yours if you will qualify for the discount.