BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The most dangerous time to be a driver is when you first learn to drive, but also, right before you stop driving, which has led to Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.
Generally, the older you are, the slower your reactions, hearing and vision will be.READ MORE: Maryland Prepares For Increase In Patients After Roe V. Wade Overturned
“As we age our bodies start changing, and that means we have to adjust a little bit, our driving and how we are situated in the car,” said Myra Wieman, with AAA Traffic Safety.
No one of any age wants to lose their independence. Families find it difficult assessing the skills of loved ones, and, barring an accident, suggesting it’s time to turn over the keys.
“We want older drivers to realize that sometimes they need to self-regulate. They don’t have to completely give up the keys, but maybe they need to stop driving at night,” said Wieman.
Jeam DePondicchello has been driving longer than many people have been alive.
“We’re talking about fifty some years,” DePondicchello said.READ MORE: Johns Hopkins Experts Describe Updated Gun Control Laws As 'Great First Step'
And while she’s a good driver, at 69, she drives less, and doesn’t drive long distances.
On Friday, she got attended a AAA senior driving program.
“We’re going to take a look at the inside of your vehicle to see how you’re situated in relation to all the safety features,” said Wieman.
The CarFit clinic determined her airbag was too close to her. It was pushed in, and her steeling wheel was also adjusted.
The ten-minute checkup also helps to determine proper seatbelt placement and mirror adjustments.MORE NEWS: Baltimore's Mayor Scott Frees Up $300K In Funding For Pro-Abortion Organizations To Assist Women
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