Professional Project: Jessica Mevius, OT Graduate Student
For the aging population, one of the most important occupations is maintaining independence through mobility for as long as possible.
Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully
This online workbook outlines the physical effects of aging, as well as provides tips for coping with them so that you or your loved one remains a safe driver for as long as possible. Each page consists of questions pertaining to a certain area related to safe driving and recommendations.25
A sample of the Questions and Recommendations looks like this:25
Do you have these symptoms of declining vision?
- You have problems reading highway or street signs or recognizing someone you know across the street.
- You have trouble seeing lane lines and other pavement markings, curbs, medians, other vehicles and pedestrians, especially at dawn, dusk and at night.
What you can do:
- Make sure you always wear your glasses, and that they are a current prescription. If you lose or break your glasses, don’t rely on an old pair; replace them right away with your newest prescription. Avoid eyewear with side pieces that may block your vision.
- Do not wear sunglasses or tinted lenses at night. This reduces the amount of light that reaches your eyes and makes driving much more hazardous. Don't darken or tint your car windows. Avoid driving at dawn, dusk and night. If you are extremely light-sensitive, check with your eye doctor to see if it can be corrected.
Where to Obtain
This assessment is available online at:
Who is originally responsible for this Tool?
USAA Educational Foundation, AARP, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration