Cold weather’s here! Check out winter safety driving tips for older adults…

December 31st, 2013 No Comments

Winter + New Jersey = Icy, Snowy Weather!

Forecasters have predicted possible snow this week in the New Jersey area. Many elder care experts agree that driving ability tends to decrease after the age of 55, but this doesn’t mean that senior drivers can’t still enjoy safe driving–even in our winter weather.

These tips will help older drivers have more confidence when driving in winter months:

  • Maintain your vehicle–check cooling systems, tire pressure, battery, wipers, windshield washer fluid, brakes, anti-freeze, fuel and air filters, heat & defrost systems
  • Install high-quality winter tires–all-weather radial tires are usually sufficient
  • Drive only while well-rested
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car–shovel, ice scraper, flashlight, battery-powered radio, blanket, road salt/sand, extra mittens/hats, snack food, booster cables, emergency flares, first aid kit, distress flags
  • Plan your route–check for road conditions

To access an additional emergency checklist, check out Visiting Angels’ NJ Senior Care by visiting our elder care New Jersey emergency preparedness resource page.

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