Getting older brings many changes. It can change your vision, hearing, reflexes, and other things about your body. You may also need certain medicines to manage your health as you age.
These changes put you at higher risk of a motor vehicle crash when you drive. Research shows that older drivers are more likely to be seriously hurt or die in a motor vehicle crash.
To lower the risk of hurting yourself or others when you drive:
Here are some more tips to help keep yourself and others safe when you drive.
When you drive, concentrate only on driving and don't get distracted:
If it's hard to concentrate on driving (for example, you're very tired), pull over and take a break until you feel better.
If you're been drinking alcohol or using cannabis or other drugs, don't drive.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of your medicines might affect your driving.
If you're not alert enough to drive, get help to get home safely. Call a friend, family member, cab, or ride-share to take you home.
Speeding is a factor in 1 in 4 fatal crashes in Canada. Speed and aggressive driving often go together.
Follow speed limits. Be patient when you drive through an area with a lower limit, such as a school zone or residential area. Following these speed limits can save a life.
For everyone's safety, think about planning how, when, and where you drive:
For more driving safety tips, you can take a driver education or refresher course for older adults.
Contact the Canada Safety Council or the
Alberta Motor Association for more information.
Current as of: December 17, 2021
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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