CAA offers tips for the older and wiser driver



    THORNHILL, ON, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - The government of Canada estimates the
senior population is expected to move to nearly one in four Canadians by 2041
with these statistics to be mirrored in Toronto by 2030.
    While you can't avoid getting older, you can take steps to reduce the
effect aging can have on your ability to stay safe while driving. Motorists
are encouraged to go to www.caasco.com/advocacy where they can get tips on how
be a better senior motorists or how to approach your own family member about
giving up their keys.

    The most common factors in crashes involving mature drivers are:

    
    -   Failure to yield right-of-way
    -   Improper left turns
    -   Confusion in heavy traffic
    -   Inattention
    -   Backing a vehicle
    -   Failure to maintain proper speed
    -   Hesitation in responding to new traffic signs etc…
    -   Failure to check blind spots
    

    "What this shows us is the importance for aging drivers to realize their
changing driver abilities," says the CAA's Edyta Zdancewicz. "That's why we,
along with the Ministry of Transportation are presenting Shifting Gears,
senior motoring seminar, all across the province, including this one in
Toronto."

    Media are invited to attend the seminar where there will be plenty of
senior driving experts to interview. Media will also be given a first-hand
in-car lesson by CAA certified provincial driving instructor Greg Blanchard.
Blanchard will go over the most common causes of mature driving crashes and
tips to improve a senior motorist's driving skills.

    
    Where:    The Old Mill Inn & Spa, 21 Old Mill Road, Etobicoke, On

    When:     Nov 2nd, 12:30 pm (seminar runs till 3pm but media are asked to
              come earlier if they wish to interview one of the seminar
              speakers or go for a ride-a-long)

    Who:      CAA traffic safety team, Ministry of Transportation,
              Bridgepoint Community driver Rehab program, a pharmacist, CAA
              driving instructor, CAA automotive expert, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
              city councilor Peter Milczyn and close to 300 seniors.
    

    CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
insurance, travel and emergency road services. There are close to 1.8 million
CAA members in Ontario and 4.8 million members in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Edyta Zdancewicz, Media and
Public Relations Specialist, 60 Commerce Valley Dr. East, Thornhill, Ontario,
Office: (905) 771-3194, Toll free: 1-800-268-3750 Ext. 3194, Fax: (905)
771-3292, Mobile: (416) 209-4930, ez2@caasco.ca


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