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Tips for Older Road Users

Tips for Older Road Users

As you get older it’s important to take steps to keep yourself safe – and keep on enjoying the independence of driving and walking.

 
Tips for older drivers

  • Wear your glasses if you need them and have your eyes tested at least once a year.
  • Ask your doctor for advice if you start to experience problems driving.
  • Have your driving skills assessed. You may be able to adapt your car and extend your driving career.
  • If you are taking medicine check that you are still safe to drive.
  • Plan your journey to avoid rush hour traffic.
  • If road conditions are dangerous due to bad weather use public transport.

 

Remember – your driving licence will expire at the age of 70 or shortly afterwards. You will then need to renew your licence once every three years, instead of every ten.

 

Tips for older pedestrians

  • If you wear a hearing aid or glasses always wear them when out walking.
  • Always take care when crossing the road. Cross where it is safest and use a pedestrian crossing where there is one nearby.
  • Wear bright clothing. The best advice is to wear fluorescent by day, reflective at night – or better still, both.
  • Plan your journey and choose a good time to go out, for example during daylight hours.
  • In icy and snowy weather, decide if your journey is absolutely necessary. If it is, wear footwear with good grip.

 

 
Tips for older passengers

  • Always wear your seatbelt and ensure it goes over your shoulder – never under your arm.
  • Don’t accept a lift if you think the driver is impaired or has difficulty driving.
  • Try not to distract the driver when the car is moving.
  • Always try to enter and exit the car on the pavement side of the vehicle.
  • Be careful of other road users when opening car doors.

 

Remember – your driving licence will expire at the age of 70 or shortly afterwards. You will then need to renew your licence once every three years, instead of every ten.

 

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