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1 Senior Drivers Gail Weinholzer Director of Public Affairs AAA Minnesota/Iowa

2 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 2 The Auto Club Group AAA and Senior Drivers  AAA was formed more than 100 years ago for roadway safety  General traffic safety as well as specific age groups:  Young Passengers  Teen Drivers  Senior Drivers  51 million members with an average age of 50+

3 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 3 The Auto Club Group Maximize strengths  Experience  Low crash rates  Good habits  Seat belt use- high  Technology use- low  Speed- low  Impairment- low (except prescription meds)

4 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 4 The Auto Club Group Minimize weaknesses  Manual  Strength, flexibility, reactions  Visual  Useful field of view  High and low contrast visual acuity  Visualization of missing information  Visual search  Cognitive  Working memory  Manage multiple distractions/stimuli

5 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 5 The Auto Club Group Senior Driver Awareness  Fragility- higher death rates  Seniors tend to self regulate  Time of day  Locations  Passengers

6 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 6 The Auto Club Group Driving Goals  Keep people driving as long as safely possible  Then, assist with transitioning to other forms of mobility  Men outlive driving age by 7 years  Women outlive driving age by 10 years

7 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 7 The Auto Club Group

8 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 8 The Auto Club Group  How to Help a Senior Driver information includes:  Early Planning- plan ahead  Communication- have conversations early on  Skill Assessment- online and hard copy  Overcoming Resistance- enlist doctors/law enforcement/friends  Agreeing to Safe Limits- when and where  Choosing a Vehicle- checklist  When to Stop- key indicators

9 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 9 The Auto Club Group  Safe Driving Tips  Vehicle Preparation- lights, windshield  Getting Ready- mirrors, head rests  Health & Fitness- exercise, eye exams, sleep  Driving Tips- do’s and don’ts  Travel Tips- plan, breaks, rest, food  Emergencies

10 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 10 The Auto Club Group  Expert Advice- Common Q/A’s  Know the Facts- Numbers, habits, safety records, effects of aging on driving

11 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 11 The Auto Club Group  Resources:  Driving Assessment Tools- Driver 55+, AAA Roadwise Review, Classes (online and in classroom)  Brochures- How to Help an Older Driver, Older and Wiser Driver, Safe Mobility Resources  Vehicle Purchase & Maintenance  Transportation Alternatives- Disability is not the end of mobility  Driver’s License Laws- state web sites

12 ACG Proprietary and Confidential 12 The Auto Club Group Thank you!  Contact information:  Gail Weinholzer 952-707-4985

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