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Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:30 am

More than 1.5 million people 65 and older are projected to live in Arizona by 2025, which means many families will soon face the difficult decisions that come with driving and advanced age.

While statistics show senior drivers are often the safest, it’s important to remember that natural changes that occur with age can have an adverse affect on one’s driving ability. In honor of May being Older Americans Month, now is a good time to brush-up on the variety of tools and resources that are available to help seniors maintain their mobility as long as safely possible.

           CarFit is a free assessment from AAA that offers mature drivers the opportunity to see how well their personal vehicle “fits” them. During the assessment, trained technicians check the motorists’ line of sight, headrest position, gas and brake pedal accessibility and more.

           Roadwise Review is a scientifically valid tool designed to assess a driver’s functional abilities based on the eight strongest crash predictors of older drivers.

           DriveSharp is a computer program that strengthens the brain’s ability to process what motorists are seeing so they can focus better, keep track of more on the road, and react faster while driving. AAA members receive a discount and the program can be purchased at http://www.drivesharpnow.com/az.

           AAASeniors.com is a website that offers expert advice about how aging affects one’s ability to drive safely. The site is designed to aid in prompting conversations, assessing abilities and improving the comfort and safety of older drivers.

           Keeping the Keys is a free workshop that aims to educate and inform mature drivers on the effects that age can have on driving. The workshop covers tools and resources that mature drivers can use to maintain their mobility.

To learn more about these programs, call (602) 241-2945 or email publicrelations@arizona.aaa.com.


Linda Gorman is the public affairs director for AAA Arizona. Reach her at (602) 650-2716 or lgorman@arizona.aaa.com.

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