20 Safe Driving Tips for Seniors

Safer Driving for Seniors: 20 Tips for the Road

As we get older, our driving abilities can change. Here are some ways to help keep you or a loved one safer on the road:

  1. Avoid driving at night if you have trouble with your vision, and don't tint your windows.
  2. Avoid driving during periods of high traffic, typically during morning, lunch, and evening commute times.
  3. Keep your windshield, headlights, and mirror clean to improve visibility.
  4. Raise your seat high enough so you have a clear view of the road. Sit on a small pillow if necessary.
  5. Limit distracting noise inside the vehicle. This includes the radio and conversations with passengers and use of cell phones.
  6. Stay alert and watch for flashing lights of emergency vehicles if you have difficulty hearing.
  7. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead so you have ample time to brake safely if necessary.
  8. Allow adequate stopping distances.
  9. Keep windshield wiper blades in proper working condition.
  10. If possible, drive a car with an automatic transmission.
  11. Get periodic vision and hearing tests. Get hearing aids and new glasses when needed.
  12. Take a defensive driving course offered through the AARP or the American Automobile Association. Some insurance policies may offer price discounts when individuals take these courses.
  13. Carefully read medication labels to see if they may impair driving skills.
  14. Don't drive if you're feeling tired, lightheaded, or stressed.
  15. Avoid driving during inclement weather.
  16. Use other transportation services such as taxis and buses if you're unsure of your ability to drive safely.
  17. Drive on familiar streets, and limit trips to those close to home.
  18. Always wear your seat belt.
  19. Keep your headlights on at all times.
  20. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about continuing to drive.


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.