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5 Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

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Mobility is a quality of life issue and driving is a key part of seniors staying mobile, independent and socially active. It is important for drivers of all ages to drive safely from the time they earn their driver license to the time they retire it. Safe driving involves good vision, quick reflexes, joint flexibility and muscle strength. All these components are important to ensure drivers can judge distances, quickly spot troubles and react appropriately.

Here are 5 safety tips we’ve come up with for senior drivers:

  1. Make sure your car is the right fit for you. That means being able to see over the steering wheel, reach the brake and accelerator comfortably, and get in and out of your vehicle with ease. If your vehicle isn’t the proper fit for you, don’t worry. You can install adaptive features and devices to help make your car more comfortable and safe for you to drive.
  2. Get a restricted driver license. Restrictions to your driving privilege are not punitive; they are intended to help you drive safer and longer. Restrictions are based on conditions, not age. Restrictions may include limiting when and where you may drive, such as staying off the freeway, not driving during rush hour traffic and only driving during daylight hours.
  3. Keep up your health! Have your vision and hearing checked by your physician, and exercise regularly. You need to see clearly, judge distances and hear horns and sirens when you drive. Staying active ensures you maintain muscle strength and flexibility, which can help with turning the steering wheel or looking over your shoulder.
  4. Plan your trip out before you head out the door. Find the safest, smoothest routes before leaving to your destination, so you don’t find yourself stressed or lost while driving.
  5. Enroll in a driving course to update and refresh your driving skills and knowledge of the “rules of the road”. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop driving! Improve your defensive driving techniques at a Mature Driver Improvement Course.

In addition to these tips, all drivers of any age should avoid distractions while driving, always wear their seat belt and never drive after drinking alcohol or taking prescription and over the counter medications that can impair their driving.

If you are worried that someone you know may no longer be driving safely, submit a Request for Driver Reexamination (PDF). The form is confidential.

For more tips on safe driving for older adults, read our Senior Guide for Safe Driving handbook.

For additional resources, questions or for assistance contact your local Senior Driver Ombudsmen.

Driving Change–Starting With You

ComputerFrom one college graduate to another, life post-grad is two words: Plain-Awesome! No more mountains of homework. No more cramming all night for exams with lots of java (though, there may be some JAVA at work). No more ramen for days on end, maybe? And, I am sure you’ve started looking for a job, too—I mean, how else will we #adult?

You have probably thought a lot about where you want to work and likely applied for hundreds of jobs at this point, but have you ever thought about working for DMV’s Information Systems Division (ISD)? Our ISD has various journey levels, such as Associate Program Systems Analyst, Associate Programmer Analyst, or Assistant Information Systems Analyst, just to name a few, so you will have plenty of opportunities to gain valuable skills and promote within. “We have seen many of our analysts work hard and move upward to high-level manager and supervisor positions,” said Shannon Walling, ISD’s Chief of Staff of Administrative Services. “It is very possible!”

As one of our analysts, you will have the chance to work with various personalities, design testing scenarios, and implement programs, among many other assignments. You will have the opportunity to work on many exciting, challenging, yet rewarding projects that the public utilizes every day. One project in particular, the Responsive Website Redesign, has involved dozens of determined individuals, and has completely reformatted DMV’s website for a more enjoyable browsing experience. Because of this redesign, our website’s screens change fluidly, no matter the smartphone, tablet, or desktop screen size, and has revolutionized how customers view our website.

“Here at DMV, we work collectively and collaboratively to take a project from an idea and manifest it to a living product,” ISD’s Deputy Director, Rico Rubiono said. “We would love to have your energy, insight, and vision towards the future as we continue to further innovate and optimize DMV’s operations to improve customer experience.”

Find the right job for you, take and pass the exam, and apply to work for us! We are hoping you will soon join our Information Systems team at DMV. We are rooting for you, and cannot wait to drive change with you.

Check out the Information Technology Employment Opportunities at DMV.
Find out How to Apply for a State Job.

Wishing you the best,

Jennifer T.
Recent graduate and newest DMV employee