Two Primary Components of Safe Driving for Older Adults

In America, driving an automobile is a symbol of freedom and independence. Research has shown that, if not handled properly, a loss of driving can lead to isolation and depression. It is important to remember that driving is a very complex task. As we continue our journey through the natural aging process, it becomes even more important that we remain cognizant of the fact that some of the skills required for safe driving may begin to diminish. More specifically, we are talking about our cognitive processing and our physical abilities. In its simplest form, these are the two primary components required for safe driving. Did you know that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates t