We’ve gathered some additional tips for older drivers:
Prep before you go
Set up your phone, radio or music, and navigation before you begin driving to limit any additional distractions or make sure they’re turned off if you have trouble hearing.
Try to avoid changing songs or radio stations while driving as well as resetting your navigation. Pull over to make any changes to your GPS and be sure to stay off your phone while driving. You can also turn on the Do Not Disturb setting.
Invest in technology that helps you
Think about investing in a newer car. Newer cars have a lot of technology to aid in driver safety and awareness such as emergency braking, lane assist, and blind spot awareness.
Make a transportation plan
Like a retirement plan, creating a transportation plan can ease the adjustment to switching transportation methods. Acknowledge what point of impairment makes for unsafe driving and compare that to where you are now. Make a plan as to how to get to appointments and other engagements. Also, get to know your own neighborhood, there may be areas that you haven't explored before within walking distance.
Look into alternative options
If you are nearing or have reached the point where it's no longer safe for you to be on the road as a driver, that’s ok. There are plenty of options to maintain your independence with travel. If you have a loved one or family member who is willing, ask them to drive you where you need to be. Utilizing public transportation and rideshares are great opportunities as well.
Visit our contact page to learn more about Melody Living’s transportation services and our community as a whole. Give us a call at 719.900.1540 to get additional information about our independent living options and to learn more about our assisted living and memory care community, give us a call at 719.960.4005.