Governor Josh Shapiro and PennDOT are reminding the elderly about safety while driving.
For Older Driver Safety Week, the commonwealth is sharing some safety tips for the approximant 25 percent of 9.1 million 65 and older drivers. Older drivers represent 17.7 percent of all crashes and nearly 25 percent of all driver related fatalities.
The PA Department of Human Services and PennDOT offer free tools for elders looking for rides online at FindMyRide.penndot.pa.gov.
For those still driving safe driving practices include:
- Plan ahead to drive with more daylight
- Don’t drive during rush hours
- Check the forecast for ideal driving conditions
- Maintain a safe speed when driving
For Older drivers who don’t know when it may come to stop driving there are a few things to look for:
- Feelings of anxeity when driving
- Unexplained dents on the car, fences, mailboxes, and garage doors
- More often there are close call crashes
- Slower response times
- Difficultly paying attention while driving
- Trouble judging gaps at intersections
Learn more about the driver services offered to senior drivers by clicking here.