As a driver, it is important that you are equipped with the tools and knowledge that will help you drive safely. As you age, it is important that you adjust your driving to account for health factors and updated information about your car. You can lessen your chances of an accident with driving knowledge, a car maintenance guide, health check-ups and a kit that can help in case of emergency. Here are some tools and preventative tips that will help you stay safe on the road:
Driving Improvement Course
Keep your driving knowledge fresh, through an online or classroom driver improvement course. There are courses specifically designed for seniors, which take into account health factors that may occur at an older age. They will provide driving tips and guidelines that will help you become a safer driver. The course teaches you about the latest car technology systems and how they can be utilized. The course facilitators will also inform you of any potential discounts you can obtain on insurance premiums once you’ve completed the class.
Emergency Driving Kit
An emergency driving kit is an important car accessory that will aid your safety, whether you commute short distances or travel for long stretches. You can create your own emergency kit or purchase a pre-made kit. Make sure your kit includes, roadside flares, triangle reflectors, a pocketknife, a first-aid kit, bottled water, energy bars, work gloves, jumper cables, an adjustable wrench, a tire inflator, a roll of duct tape, a roll of paper towels, an ice scraper and a roadside emergency card. Contact your local DMV for a revised list that will include special necessities that will help you in the specific climate you drive in. For example, if you live in an area that experiences heavy snowfall in the winter, make sure you have a kit that will provide assistance in cold weather conditions.
Car Maintenance Guide
A well-maintained car that receives regular care will reduce your risk for an accident or mechanical problem. It is important that you have general knowledge about the maintenance measures for your car’s tires, brakes, oil, lights, engine, and dash warning lights. Visit Carbibles.com for detailed instructions on how you can check these important elements of your car. Also carry an emergency contacts list: your mechanic, oil-changing service provider and dealership. Also have the number for your tire dealer, like Michelin Tires, which offers 3-year flat tire changing assistance. Utilize your car’s manual for any problems you may encounter, as it will have handy information about your specific model of car.
Driving Related Health Check-Ups
As you get older, there will be some changes you must make for the physical transformation you go through. Make sure you are fully equipped for safe driving through various health tests and check-ups. Sufficient vision is imperative for safe driving– make sure you have your vision checked every one to two years, even if you already have a lens prescription. Driving may become more difficult in the dark, so you attempt to drive during daylight hours. Hearing is another important factor that comes into play, when you drive. Have your hearing checked at least every 3 years, and if necessary, utilize a hearing aid whenever you drive. You also should keep your reaction time, in mind. Leave space between you and the car in front of you, break early when you approach a stop, avoid high-traffic areas and drive in the slower lanes when possible.