Canadians are living longer, and driving longer. As the Baby Boom retires, the number of senior drivers on the road is increasing too. And while more experience is a good thing, so is awareness that some age-related changes are inevitable. (quoted from CAA)
Considerations when driving
- Prepare for trip
- Time considerations
- Route planning
- Night Driving
- Know your comfort level and adjust accordingly
Know features of your vehicle in advance – no distractions while driving;
Know how to adjust:
- Headlights vs daytime running lights
Install winter tires
Ensure these are in proper working order or are in your vehicle when travelling:
- Washer fluid
- Gas tank at least ½ full
- Warm Clothes
- Booster Cables
- High energy food
- Carry cell phone for emergencies
- Hazard Lights
- Pull over to the side of the road – even on flat tire
- Call 911 or your roadside assistance club
- Stay in your vehicle with seatbelt on
- Call *511 – Road conditions
- Website: http://www.cdn.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/road_closures.shtml
Move Over Law
- Motorists are to slow down, proceed with caution when approaching an emergency vehicle
- On a multi-lane highway – slow down and move over one lane if possible
Distracted Driving Law
- Prohibits holding electronic device while driving
- Prohibits adjusting GPS or radio, eating and drinking or multi-tasking while driving
Bob Paterson, Retired OPP Sergeant – The ACID Test
Points to consider for Safer Driving – Older Ontarians
- Are you able to comfortably turn left at a busy intersection?
Are you comfortable driving at night?
- Are you comfortable using busy multi-lane highways?
- Are you able to parallel park, even when backing into a generously sized spot?
- Can you turn and look to the rear while backing up?
- Are your children comfortable with you transporting your grandchildren in your vehicle?