Still, experts say, our driving skills inevitably change as we age. With care and caution, older drivers can adapt to their changing abilities and continue to enjoy driving.
Here are some tips for boomers looking to make the most of their driving enjoyment:
Keep Your Vehicle and Yourself Finely Tuned
Responsible driving calls for two well-cared-for machines - the vehicle and the driver. If you're planning a road trip, make sure your vehicle maintenance is up-to-date. Pay special attention to common problems that can cause roadside breakdowns, such as coolant systems and tire integrity.
Likewise, make sure you're in fine tune as well. Have your hearing and vision regularly checked - at least twice a year. If you wear glasses, avoid taking a long driving trip within the first few weeks of getting a new pair; you'll need time to adjust to how the new prescription affects your vision. Be sure you're well rested, not just the night before your trip but for several days prior.
Plan and Prepare
To maximize your driving enjoyment, avoid high-traffic hours and locales where commuters fill the roads. Drive during quieter road times and avoid times when visibility is naturally poorer. Plan to get on the road after the morning rush ends and wrap up your day's travels just before the evening rush starts.
Pre-plan your route, and be sure to give your planned route and schedule to a family member or friend who'll be staying home. Agree to regular check-in times so that someone will always know where you are and how your trip is progressing.
Strength in Numbers
Avoid driving alone whenever possible. Sharing the journey with another driver can help you avoid driving fatigue and make the trip more enjoyable. Caravanning with one or more other vehicles also enhances the road trip experience and you'll have a back-up vehicle in case of emergency.