You should avoid driving if you are tired, upset or not feeling well.
- Avoid potentially dangerous road and traffic conditions, particularly if your reaction times have slowed down.
- Plan to drive when there is less traffic and avoid driving in the wet or in poor light.
- Be especially alert to what other road users are doing and avoid distractions, including use of mobile phones, GPS navigation aids and music players.
- Don’t allow passengers to distract you from the driving task and ensure that any devices such as heaters or radios are selected and adjusted appropriately before you start driving.
- Older drivers are more likely to be involved in crashes at intersections and on multi-lane roads. Be aware of selecting a safe gap in the traffic, especially when entering the flow of traffic, driving through an intersection, turning or overtaking.
Plan your trips to use intersections with traffic lights. Intersections with Stop or Give Way signs are a better choice than intersections with no signs.
Try to find roads with less traffic. If possible choose a route where you can do left turns instead of right turns.
At intersections, always look right and left, then right again, to make sure that it is all clear to go. Do this even where there are signs and traffic lights. Take the time to look for any vehicles and to judge their distance from you. Many crashes occur because drivers do not follow this basic driving practice.
Peripheral vision can decrease with age so to compensate, turn your head more. If there is any doubt about how far away a car is, don’t proceed until it has passed. If the driver behind is sounding the horn, don’t be bullied into moving off until you are satisfied that it’s safe.