Be A Changemaker
The Freewheeling Movement empowers older drivers with information to take charge of their transportation needs. If you are currently driving use these resources as a prescription to improve your ability to continue driving. If you are decreasing your driving use this list to improve your ability to use alternative transportation.
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Self-Assessment & Strategies
Use the Fitness-to-Drive Screening (FTDS) screening tool to determine your current driver rating. Are you an at-risk driver, routine driver, or accomplished driver. In addition recommendations and follow-up steps are provided. Courtesy of: University of Western Ontario and University of Florida
Legal and tech changes mean even longtime drivers have gaps in their driving know-how.When you’ve been driving for decades it’s easy to feel like you know it all. Yet for years, national surveys have shown that about one in five of us would flunk a written driver’s test.
This short checklist is designed to help you consider whether your driving is changing. You could also ask someone who knows how you drive, such as a family member, to fill it in and compare their answers with yours.
Monitor your progress to improve your driving by recording your change making habits. We suggest giving yourself a deadline to accomplish your "Driving for Your Health" goals.
A Medication Review and also known as Pharmacist Visit is a free service designed to promote the safe and effective use of prescribed, over-the-counter medication, and herbal supplements. Your local pharmacist can review your medications for potential drug interactions, reduced efficacy or potential for affecting driving.
Check your medications with Roadwise RX made available by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Type in the name of a prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. After entering all the information Roadwise RX identifies interactions including the way drugs are absorbed,made stronger or less effective as well, side effects.
A history of falling increases crash risk by 40% for older drivers. Take steps today to reduce your risk for falls and injuries. San Diego County offers information on reducing falls and related injuries.
Physical strength and flexibility is a necessary component to maintaining the ability to drive safely. By incorporating daily exercise you can increase your ability to drive safely as well as use alternative transportation. San Diego County offers the Feeling Fit Club a functional fitness workout to improve activities of daily living as well as driving.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety offers a flexibility fitness training for improving older driver performance brochure. The exercises in this brochure are designed to improve flexibility as it relates to driving.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab exercise program focused on four areas: Strength, Flexibility, Range of Motion and Coordination. Our findings showed that these exercises enhanced specific driving tasks.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab exercises shown in this video include "Biceps Curls" and "Squats." Biceps curls are a good strength exercise for the upper body. Squats are an excellent exercise to increase lower body strength.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab exercises shown in this video include shown in this video include "Back Stretch" and "Heel Drops." Heel drops are an exercise to maximize ankle strength and flexibility.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab exercises shown in this video include "Soccer Kicks" and "Lateral Steps." Soccer kicks are an energetic activity to improve reaction time, agility, balance and coordination. Lateral steps are the perfect follow up to soccer kicks for improving endurance, agility, balance and coordination.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab exercises shown in this video include "Chest & Shoulder Expansion" and "Shoulder Stretch." Chest and shoulder expansion exercises increase the flexibility of your chest and shoulders in the front of the body. The shoulder stretch increases the flexibility in the back and shoulders.
Healthier Living With Chronic Conditions
If you are living with a chronic condition such as arthritis, depression, heart disease, diabetes or COPD they may ultimately impact your mobility, etc. The Healthier Living With Chronic Conditions program has been proven to achieve positive health outcomes and reduced health care expenditures. Call 858.495.5500 to find a local class.