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Safety tips for drivers old and young

Rose Hobson is an older driver, and she has a lot to say to older drivers. She leads about 30 classes a year as part of the AARP Smart Driver program, which is a combination of video segments and personal instruction. But the best part of it is listening to Hobson’s lessons.

These are some:

● As you begin each trip, ask yourself: “Am I fit to drive today?”

● “Being physically fit is just as important as being mentally fit.”

● Pay attention to the side effects of medications. “Don’t just read the good stuff” on the labels. Stick to one pharmacy to get counseling on the adverse effects that drug interactions can have on driving.

● “Your task is what? Driving!” Distracted driving isn’t just about cellphones and texting. “I don’t want to see you on the highway with a piece of paper blocking your view.” Pull over to read a map.

● “Even hearing a voice in a car is a distraction.” Politely tell your passengers to “let me concentrate on my driving.” Or, “Could you stop and tell me that later?”

● Plan trips, whether local or long-distance. “Know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.” Adapt your route to your abilities. Consider routes where the traffic is slower. Route 301 may suit you better than Interstate 95.

● “The pedestrian is the most important person on the road. . . . When you get out of the car, what do you become? A pedestrian! Treat people like you want to be treated.”

● “Use love and compassion.”

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