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Along with excitement, the back-to-school season also brings some road hazards. Morning and afternoon, the roadways clog with school buses, frantic parents, inexperienced teenage drivers, and walkers and bikers who may not look both ways. It's time for everyone to use extra caution. Watch for school zone signs, which might have been inactive during the summer, and obey posted speed limits. Here are some other reminders:
The number of senior citizens on the road will increase 70% as the baby boom generation ages over the next 20 years, according to the National Safety Council. It's a concern because people older than 65 have the second-highest crash rate of all drivers, after teenagers. This, in large part, is because of seniors' diminishing vision, physical fitness, concentration and reaction time, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Whether you're a driver in your golden years or a concerned son or daughter, consider the following tips to help mature drivers be safer on the road:
Monthly Reminder: Check Your Headlights
During night driving, if you notice that the direction of either light appears off -- pointing to the side or not meeting the road -- have a service station mechanic realign the lamps.
Get Wiser as You Get Older
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