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Older Driver Safety Awareness

Post Date:01/09/2019 10:00 AM

The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) Safe Mobility for Life Program and Coalition partners with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week each year to promote the importance of knowing how to drive safely longer, and how to remain active and independent long after transitioning from driving.

Impact of aging on driving statement

 

Being able to get around easily to maintain an active lifestyle is critically important to health and well-being. According to more than 70 percent of Floridians who participated in Florida’s 2017 Aging Road User Survey, driving is central to their independence, and 67 percent strongly agree that if they stopped driving, they fear they would become isolated.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that allows people to stay connected to their community, even beyond the driver’s seat, begins with knowing The Keys to Achieve Safe Mobility for Life.

The Keys are: understand, be proactive, and plan.

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition provides resources that can help people continue their safe driving records and stay connected to the 

Aging Road User Surveypeople important to them and to the activities they love long after they have transitioned from driving.

Here are just some of the materials that are available from the Safe Mobility for Life Resource Center that can be ordered for free:

  • Florida’s Guide for Aging Drivers — guide provides resources and information on how to keep safe while driving; information on the impact aging has on driving; self-assessment tests; and tips and tools to help remain independent and mobile beyond the driver’s seat.
  • How to Use FindaRideFlorida.org tip card – learn how to access local transportation options through this on-line resource.
  • Transportation Network Companies brochure — overview and tips on how to use companies like Uber and Lyft as a transportation option.
  • Public Transit brochure — tips on how to use transportation options in Florida.

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