Driving when you’re not at your best can be dangerous. Schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to remain alert and avoid driving drowsy. Also be sure to give yourself extra time in case you need to drive at a slower, safer pace because of traffic, weather or other driving conditions.
4. Map your route during nonpeak hours
Before you head out, research your route so you can prepare for what’s along the way, such as congested roads and work zones. And instead of traveling during busy driving times, try leaving earlier or later in the day (or week) to avoid heavy traffic. But before you decide to drive at night, make sure your vision is up to the task. By age 60, a typical person’s eyes need three times as much light to see as clearly as they did at age 20, making it more difficult to see in the dark.
5. Evaluate your options
Depending on how far you have to travel, there’s a lot to consider: weather, traffic, routes, comfort. If the cons outweigh the pros, consider traveling by bus, train or plane; taking a ridesharing service; or hitching a ride with a family member. To help you decide, you can assess your driving with Drivers 65 Plus, at SeniorDriving.AAA.com. Answer 15 simple questions, total your results and get information about your driving performance.
6. Ensure your vehicle is prepared
If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive. You should also make sure your spare tire is properly inflated. AAA has a vast network of trusted Approved Auto Repair facilities that can perform a free multi-point inspection of your vehicle upon request.