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Secretary Benson shares resources for National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
December 03, 2021
Ahead of National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week - Dec. 6-10 - Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson encourages residents of all ages to take advantage of state resources for safe driving.
"These resources help Michiganders continue to drive safely as they age and access other transportation when they stop driving so they can continue to enjoy their independence and our great state," said Benson.
Residents can learn more at Michigan.gov/AgingDriver, which was designed for easy navigation among resources to help aging drivers. During National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the site will feature information on the following topics:
- Monday: Anticipating changes that can affect driving
- Tuesday: Family conversations
- Wednesday: Screening and evaluations with an occupational therapist
- Thursday: Interventions that can empower drivers
- Friday: Staying engaged in the community with or without a car
Recognized for excellence by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the website was developed through a collaboration of public and private agencies to promote safety and mobility for Michigan's aging adults. It regularly includes the following resources:
- Older driver self-assessment driving tools and videos
- Links to driver refresher courses and other community supports for older drivers
- Information about how medications and health problems may affect driving and lists of resources available to drivers once they stop driving
- Strategies for initiating conversations about when and how to transition to a non-driving lifestyle
- Procedures for referring an unsafe driver for a driver reexamination
- Information about the aspects of aging and how best to interact with older residents for audiences such as law enforcement, healthcare, and other professionals
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