Safe driving tips for seniors

1:33 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.--   Today is Senior Day at the Minnesota State Fair. So this morning, we spoke to Gail Weinholzer, Director of Public Affairs for AAA Minnesota/Iowa, about how seniors can stay safe on the road.

AAA, the largest motoring and traffic safety organization in the country, is hosting Senior Driver Expos across America today, including one in Minnesota at the fair.

Here are a few of AAA's tips for seniors:

1. Seniors need to understand mind and body changes and how they affect driving ability- hearing, vision, cognitive ability, flexibility (reaction time) and medications.

2. Seniors can assess their own driving ability and monitor changes over time.

3. Seniors can improve their driving skills through driving preparation, addressing everyday challenges, anticipating unexpected situations and completing senior driver improvement courses both in class and online. 

4. Seniors can maintain their mobility and independence by keeping mind and body fit, car buying (technology), maintenance, adaptive devices and senior driver improvement classes.

5. Additional resources for senior drivers, their family and friends- know when to be concerned, conversations about driving, and how to help seniors stay independent- can be found here.

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