HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Wolf Administration is highlighting driving safety tips for elderly drivers during winter.
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If you think it’s time to take the keys away from your loved one, look for some signs.
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- Feeling uncomfortable, fearful, or nervous when driving
- Unexplained dents/scrapes on the car, fences, mailboxes, or garage doors
- Frequently getting lost and frequent “close calls” (i.e. almost crashing)
- Slower response times, particularly to unexpected situations
- Difficulty paying attention to signs and staying in the lane of traffic
- Trouble judging gaps at intersections or highway entrance/exit ramps
The Wolf Administration is also encouraging older drivers & their loved ones to review PennDOT’s Seniors Driving Safely publication series. You can find it here.