Three Easy Ways Seniors Can Work to Stay Safe on the Roads
With several more months of winter weather ahead of us, there’s no telling what kind of driving conditions await Michigan drivers this year. And with more than 40 million licensed drivers in the United States over the age of 65, seniors make up one of the largest contingents of drivers on the roads today.
As with drivers of any age, seniors who hit the road should always put safety at the forefront of every decision they make behind the wheel. But knowing how to prepare for the unique challenges presented by winter weather isn’t always easy. Here’s a list of three great tips to help you stay safe on the roads during this snowy season!
1. Take It Slow
When the roads are icy or visibility is limited, keeping your speed low is a great way to ensure you can operate your vehicle as safely as possible. Even when roads look clear and driving conditions seem normal, black ice and slippery spots can come out of nowhere – virtually invisible to the naked eye. A slower speed in these conditions can not only help protect you by giving you much more time to stop, but it will also help to keep others on the road safe, too! So don’t be afraid to take it slow when the weather is bad; it’s one of the best ways to help protect you and your car.
2. Drive a Well-Stocked Vehicle
It’s a fact: Michigan has some of the nation’s most unpredictable weather. That means unexpected storms, freezes, and other weather phenomena can appear in the blink of an eye. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association recommends stocking your car with the following essentials in case of an emergency:
1. Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper.
ii. Abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter, in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow.
iii. Jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices such as flares and emergency markers.
iv. Blankets for protection from the cold.
v. A cell phone with charger, water, food, and any necessary medicine (for longer trips or when driving in lightly populated areas).
Keeping a well-stocked car is a surefire way to help keep you prepared for any emergency – so don’t skimp on the supplies!
3. Utilize Alternative Transportation Options
When winter weather strikes, sometimes it is best to leave the driving to the professionals. That’s why it is a good idea to explore alternative transportation options during less-than-ideal conditions to help keep you safe. Residents at each Oakmont community enjoy the opportunity to utilize several transportation options – whether that means group trips to the grocery store and restaurants, or private transportation to doctor appointments.
The weather outside may occasionally be frightful this winter, but as long as you keep these three safe winter driving tips in mind, you can ensure that you’re doing your best to stay safe every time you hit the road. Looking for some more great winter driving tips? Check out the NHSTA’s guidelines and suggestions for staying prepared and vigilant during the winter months. Safe travels!