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Virginia Driving Safety Tips for Mature Drivers: Staying Safe on the Road

February 15, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

It’s easy to forget about the past generations of family members who have worked hard and sacrificed so that we can have the type of lives that they could not. We want to take some time and say thank you to the older generations of family and friends who helped us get here.

In that spirit, lets take a look at some driving safety tips for those mature drivers out there and make sure you’re safe on the road for years to come, courtesy of the Virginia DMV.

Safety Tips for Mature Drivers

  • Make sure you’re monitoring any potential medication side effects and alcohol intake.
  • Make it a rule in your vehicle that everyone must be buckled up before you start moving, including yourself.
  • If you can, avoid high traffic times when planning vehicle trips. Avoid morning (7 a.m. – 10 a.m.) and evening (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.) rush hours.
  • Plan trip routes so that you’re making more right hand turns than left hand turns.
  • Enroll in a driver education course to preserve and sharpen your vehicle control skills, and learn any new laws and vehicle alterations.
  • Avoid driving at night.

Signs That Your Driving Ability May Be Declining

While any age can be a safe age to drive, if you find yourself forming one of more of these tendencies, it may be time to take a driver’s evaluation to ensure that you’re still safe and sound on the road.

  • Going through red lights or stop signs before recognizing it.
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road, or against a one-way street.
  • Merging into lanes without looking to see if there is a vehicle there.
  • Stopping in the middle of an intersection when there is no reason to.
  • Finding yourself confused or lost in well-known or familiar neighborhoods.
  • Hitting the gas pedal when you meant the break pedal, and vise versa.
  • Stopping at green lights.
  • Having multiple near misses with other cars, objects or pedestrians.

Remember, there are resources out there to help you keep your license and stay on the road safely. If you think your driving may be suffering, visit the Virginia DMV website for instructions on how you can take a driving evaluation.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with northern Virginia residents of all ages to help them get fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car accident. Contact us and tell us about your case, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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