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|CONTACT:||Buel C. Young||MVA Media Relations|
Discuss Safety with Your Loved Ones National Older Driver Safety & Awareness Week
GLEN BURNIE, MD (December 2, 2013) – The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is joining the American Occupational Therapy Association to remind older drivers and their families of the importance of discussing safety. As you gather with loved ones this time of the year, the National Older Driver Safety & Awareness Week, (December 1-7, 2013) is a reminder to have a conversation about driving health and staying safely behind the wheel.
Driving skills often change with increasing age. Older drivers should take account of their health and driving ability. Eyesight, cognition, reaction time, head and neck flexibility diminish and change with age and need to remain sharp for safe driving.
The MVA is promoting the 3 B’s of older driver safety:
- Be Aware – the aging process may result in medical issues that can affect safe driving.
- Be Responsible – find a driving buddy who will drive with you and provide feedback on how you are doing.
- Be Knowledgeable – there are many resources with valuable information to help keep you driving safer for longer.
Here are few tips for discussing driving safety with the older drivers in your life:
- Drive with your older drivers. If you don’t feel safe riding with them, you may want to discuss a plan of action.
- Check medications for possible complications or negative effects with driving.
- Know where to find information and resources for driving alternatives. The MVA has information: www.mva.maryland.gov/olderdriversafety
Log onto the MVA’s website at mva.maryland.gov, for more older driver information, or the MVA’s Facebook page search “Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration” or on the MVA Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/MD_MVA.