By LYLE WHITWORTH, Allstate Insurance Agent
It’s sad, but true.
Over time all of us slow down. Our reactions are not what they used to be.
That is especially true when and after we reach retirement age. Unfortunately, that makes driving a little riskier for older drivers.
But there are some tips to help our senior citizen drivers, as well as all drivers, to be safer on the road.
One of the most important tips is to drive a vehicle that is safe. Make sure your tires are in good shape and the brakes function properly, and always buckle up for safety, not just to make that irritating beeping noise go away.
The second is to obey all laws. Even if everybody else is ignoring the speed limit, obey the posted speed. It is there for a reason.
Don’t be in a rush. Leave for your destination with plenty of time to make the trip safely. If you drive like you are competing for the Nascar Cup, that is not safe for you or other drivers and passengers.
Be a courteous driver. It never hurts to let the other driver go first at a stop sign. In fact, it could save both you and the other driver from a lot of discomfort.
Green means go. Yellow is caution, not floor it, and red means stop.
Don’t let yourself be distracted. It could be from a passenger, loud music or a phone call. Your focus should be on the road ahead and other vehicles, not sending a text, answering a phone call or cranking the stereo when your favorite song comes on. Also, disregard the signs when driving. If you do receive a call, need to make a call or send a text, pull off the road.
Make sure you signal which way you are going to turn, well in advance. If you don’t signal or do it late, this could cause an accident.
And finally, don’t drive if you are drinking, or have been drinking. Even one drink can affect your judgment. There is a reason why the drinking laws are so stiff.
Hopefully this will help make you a safer and better driver. If you have questions or want more information, call or visit your local insurance agent.