6 Winter Driving Safety Tips

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winter-689746__480.jpgDriving during wintertime presents challenges for all people, including aging parents and other senior citizens. Statistics indicate that people aged 65 and older are involved in more car accidents (per mile driven) than any other age group in America. And that is likely to be even truer in winter, when snow and ice make conditions dangerous.

With that in mind, these tips may help aging parents who are on the roads during the winter.

Take alternate routes. Unless time is really of the essence, it’s worth taking the extra minutes to travel by the “clearest” route available — so avoid icy roads whenever possible. And remember that bigger “main” roads usually are cleared sooner (and more frequently) than smaller neighborhood streets.

Watch out for ice. Remember that bridges and overpasses are likely to freeze before roads on solid ground. It may be necessary to slow down and take extra precautions on bridges.

Be prepared in advance. If possible, it’s best to winterize the car before the bad weather hits. In addition to checking on antifreeze, this also means making sure tire pressure is good, windshield wipers are working well, and that the brakes, oil, and battery are solid.

Stay in touch. If venturing out in bad weather, be sure to let someone know when you are leaving the house and when you expect to arrive at a destination. Bring a cell phone so that, in the event of an accident, help can be called.

Be safe getting to the car. Many accidents happen before a person even gets in the car. Even if the car is only a short distance from the door, be sure to wear appropriate footgear to reduce the risk of slipping and falling. And remember to take care even in garages: Water can enter a garage and freeze, creating a potentially dangerous slipping situation.

Keep a kit. It doesn’t hurt to keep an emergency kit in the car which includes first aid supplies, blankets, gloves, scarves, booster cables, a flashlight, ice melt, water (for drinking) and a scraper for icy windshields.

Aging parents shouldn’t become housebound in the winter, but it’s essential that they take appropriate steps to ensure their safety when driving.

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