Driver Planning Agreement

To avoid generalizations, understand the facts about older drivers and their safety on the roads. □ I feel good while driving. □ My friends or family say they are worried about my behaviour. □ Other cars seem to come out of nowhere. □ I have trouble finding and reading signs in time to respond. □ Other drivers drive too fast. □ Other drivers often harpate me. □ I feel uncomfortable, nervous or anxious during the journey. □ After driving, I feel tired. □ I feel sleepy when I`m driving. □ I`ve had "near-disappeared" lately. □ the busy intersections bother me.

□ left turns make me nervous. □ The glare of oncoming headlights bothers me. □ My medication makes me dizzy or drowsy. □ I have a hard time turning the steering wheel. □ I have trouble pressing the pedal. □ I find it hard to look over my shoulder when I recover. □ I was arrested by the police for my trip. □ People will no longer accept trips from me.

□ I find it hard to make sure. □ I had crashes that were my fault last year. □ I`m too careful when I drive. □ sometimes I forget to use my mirrors or signals. □ sometimes I forget to check the oncoming traffic. □ I have more parking problems lately. Having a conversation about driving safety with an older driver, especially a parent, is a challenge for most people. The worry of insulting or alienating an older driver is normal. There is no easy or simple way to approach the subject, but if you want to help maintain the personal freedom and mobility of the older driver while ensuring safety on the road, there are steps you can take. DRIVE SMART COLORADO is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing road accidents and deaths due to community cooperation and education. With the help of the Colorado Department of Transportation, DRIVE SMART COLORADO was invited to take a serious look at the senior driving population and launch a program focused on this age group. The first step of DRIVE SMART COLORADO was the creation of an Older Driver Coalition (2014).

A diverse group of individuals representing organizations that worked with this population. The coalition has created its own mission: to meet the safe driving and transportation needs of seniors, by providing resources to support independence, so that they remain integral members of their community, as they pass from drivers to passengers. We all want to preserve our independence as we age. For many people, their independence is linked to their car. Drivers who use smart self-management to test their driving skills can maintain their independence for longer while limiting the risks to themselves and others. It is important to understand how changes in health status related to aging and related to aging affect the ability to drive safely. Here, resources are available to help manage this part of the journey of life. If you check one of the boxes on the next safety note, your safety or the safety of others may be compromised if you drive. Talk to your doctor about ways to improve your safety if you experience any of the conditions or symptoms that may affect your ability to drive safely.

If you notice one or more of these warning signs, you may want to have your driving assessed by a driver rehabilitation specialist, apply for a new driving test at the Colorado Department of Revenue – Motor Vehicle Division, or participate in a driver recycling class.

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