SAFE DRIVER AWARENESS
All of us remember the day we got our first driver’s license as it represented a sign of
independence – the ability to go wherever and whenever we wanted. Throughout our
years, we learned to place a high value on the freedom driving afforded us. While it is
important to maintain our sense of independence, it is also important to be aware of
when it is time to make adjustments to our driving routine. To ensure your safety on
the road as a driver, it is imperative to be aware of the different senses you use while
driving your car. Along with your loved ones and personal care physician, talk about
and test your vision, hearing, agility, coordination, and confidence.
If the decision is made that it is time to transition to life without a car, friends and family
members will offer realistic suggestions on how you will continue with the same quality
of life you are accustomed to. This includes maintaining a schedule for visits with
friends and family, shopping, appointments, attending church functions, and participation
in joyful activities.
To keep this new lifestyle change positive, there are several options and resources to
assist you with your transportation needs. Both the Area Agency on Aging and the
Eldercare Organization offer services that provide local transportation for your
convenience. The referenced websites will place you in contact with your area agencies.