should older drivers give up the wheel? We need to be honest with ourselves no matter how much it may hurt. If our sight
is failing and our reflexes are slowing, we should give up driving. One could start the discussion, with "Mom or
Dad, stop driving. That's the third mailbox I've had to replace. I'll drive," this is an upfront way to help
them face reality.
We have many special services for seniors
living alone, including Meals on Wheels. Meal deliveries are brought to the home and are offered by a variety of government
and private agencies.
Life after driving can be rewarding and enjoyable. Seniors need
inexpensive and convenient services so they, too, can enjoy normal lives. For more information go to http://www.flhsmv.org/FloridaGrandDriver/
1. Always wear your seat belts.
2. Avoid using cell phones
and texting while driving on the road.
3. Maintain your vehicle
4. Always notice the speed limits. Drive slower
at night and on roads that are wet.
5. Never allow children
under the age of 12 to sit in the front seat in full range of an air bag. Air bags are lifesavers but can also be deadly.
6. Avoid rush hour traffic when possible.
7. Drive defensively leaving a space between you and other cars.
8. Beware of crossing traffic or driving in someone's blind spot.
Be sure the directions to mapped out destinations are accurate before you leave your home.
Remember one drink can be too many.