If you’re like many older drivers, it has probably been several decades since you last took “driver’s ed.” Meanwhile, the roads, traffic laws and the very cars we drive have changed. Here are five tips from AARP Driver Safety to help bring you up to speed.
1. Use a three-second following distance to help spot driving hazards and give you time to react. When the car ahead of you passes a landmark, such as a tree or sign, start counting. If you pass the same spot before you count three seconds, you’re following too closely.
2. Adjust your fit. Adjust your seat so that you are greater than 10 inches away from the steering wheel. This provides the best vantage point for observing the road and also minimizes the chance of injury due to airbag deployment.
3. Avoid distractions. Stay alert, aware and ready to react to the actions around you. Avoid texting, talking on your cell phone (even with a hands-free headset), eating, adjusting the radio, and other distracting activities.
4. Get your vision checked. At age 40, your vision starts to change in ways that can affect your driving. Common changes include difficulty seeing at night, changes in color perception and medical conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration.
5. Refresh your driving skills (and save money in the process). For more tips on how to stay safe on the road, take the AARP Smart Driver course, available in a classroom or online setting. You may be eligible for a multi-year insurance discount upon course completion. *
Learn more today: www.aarp.org/TasteOfSoul
Learn more by signing up to take the AARP Smart Driver course at Southeastern Illinois College, room G120 on March 21 and 22, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm both days. The classroom course costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, so register now by calling the instructor at 618-518-0961.
*Upon completion you may be eligible to receive an auto insurance discount. Other restrictions may apply. Consult your agent for details.