AAA publishes series for mature drivers

AAA publishes series for mature drivers By the year 2020, 50 million Americans will be age 65 or older, and most still will be driving motor vehicles, according to AAA South Dakota.

Mindful of America's aging driving population, AAA's automotive and traffic safety professionals have prepared five new brochures to help drivers anticipate and cope successfully with the effect aging has on automobile operation.

The series, titled Straight Talk for Mature Drivers, consists of five eight-page pamphlets. The titles are: "Meeting the Challenge," "Rx for Safe Driving," "Buying a Vehicle," "Good Vision ? Vital to Good Driving," and "Maintaining Your Vehicle."

"Meeting the Challenge" discusses the increased risk of traffic crashes faced by older drivers and presents strategies for mitigating some of the most common causes.

"Rx for Safe Driving" explores the effect medication can have on safe driving, alerts seniors to the most common problems and dispenses advice on how to be traffic safe while under a doctor's care.

"Buying a Vehicle" helps the mature driver choose a car that will remain safe and easy to operate even when physical mobility, vision or reflexes are somewhat lessened by age.

"Good Vision ? Vital to Good Driving" looks at ways to successfully cope with the gradual loss of sharp vision and its affect on safe driving.

"Maintaining Your Vehicle" discusses how changing driving patterns may affect the way a mature driver should maintain their vehicle. It also explains that today's new cars have maintenance requirements that differ from vehicles of a generation ago.

Individual copies of AAA's Straight Talk for Mature Drivers brochures are available to the public free from AAA South Dakota. Simply call 1-800-222-4545 with your request.

AAA is a not for profit federation of 86 clubs with 1,100 offices providing 42 million members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services. AAA South Dakota has offices in Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sioux Falls, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton.

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