To drive or not to drive

Giving up driving can be very difficult for most people. Driving offers freedom and control, a sense of self-esteem and independence. However, concerns arise about the ability to drive safely.

Indicators of impaired driving:

  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Failure to follow traffic signs and speed limits
  • Making turns too wide or too tight
  • Poor judgment of distance or slow decision making in traffic
  • Stopping before intersections
  • Parking inappropriately, hitting or driving over curbs
  • Fender-bender accidents or near misses, scrapes on car, garage or mailbox
  • Maybe needing instructions from passengers

Simple tips to help drive safely longer:

  • Have regular check-ups - yes that includes hearing and eye exams
  • Maintain your health - yes that includes an exercise program
  • Review your medications - yes medications can affect your driving
  • Reduce noise in the car - yes the radio and passengers can be distractions
  • Review long distance driving and plan rest stops - yes allow plenty of time
  • Don't use a cell phone while driving - yes the cell phone and other mobile devices are distractions
  • Don't travel with your pets unless they are restrained - yes for safety no pets sitting in your lap while driving
  • Travel during non-peak hours - yes drive during daylight hours
  • Don't drive in bad weather - yes prepare and wear your seat belt properly
  • Adjust your car seat and mirrors for your height - yes this does make a difference
  • Prep your vehicle with emergency equipment - yes a blanket, flashlight and what you want to take along
  • Driver evaluation programs - yes we all need a refresher course from time to time

As you begin thinking about driving less, consider other options:

  • Cab/taxi
  • Charter
  • Churches
  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Pharmacy or grocery store that will deliver
  • Planes
  • Public transportation (An option: Reno County Area Transit - RCAT)
  • Shuttles
  • Trains
Reminder: The ambulance is for emergencies.