The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their joint effort with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to recognize December 3-7, 2018 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. During this week, the CHP and the AOTA will be raising awareness about the challenges facing aging drivers on California roadways. Older drivers can face a variety of issues including changes in physical, mental and sensory abilities. Because driving is a critical part of independence for many seniors, this topic is very important and should be treated respectfully.

Importance of Having Discussions About Aging and Traffic Safety

It’s important for friends and family members to be proactive as their loved ones age. Having discussions about aging and safety behind the wheel is critically important. Don’t wait until it’s too late to talk to your loved one. The sooner these conversations start, the better. Having an open, honest and respectful dialogue is the best way to approach this subject with an aging driver in your family. Never threaten to take somebody’s keys away or treat them in a disrespectful manner. Make sure to actively include older drivers in any future transportation changes and plans.

Roadway Safety for Senior Drivers

According to the CHP, there were more than 3,400 fatal collisions in California last year. Additionally, drivers aged 65 and older were involved in 13.5 percent of those fatal crashes. Roadway safety for seniors starts with education, assessment and sharpening of current skills. Seniors and their loved ones are encouraged to attend one of the CHP’s Age Well, Drive Smart courses to get the ball rolling.

Age Well, Drive Smart Course for Older Drivers

The Age Well, Drive Smart course is a free two-hour course provided at a variety of CHP locations throughout the state. This program is designed to help seniors refresh their roadway safety knowledge, assess their current abilities and learn how to adjust to various age-related changes that impact safety behind the wheel.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving an older driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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