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What about driving aids and safety equipment that can help minimize driving risks, such as blind-spot monitoring systems, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver drowsiness alert, forward collision avoidance systems, self-parking features and the like?

Nelson: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are becoming very popular in recent years. While these technologies are very promising in terms of potential to reduce crashes, little is known about how these systems perform in the real world. Previous AAA Foundation research also suggests that older drivers often do not fully understand how these systems work and how they are limited.

Any general tips on older drivers and safe driving, including medication use, age, general physical and mental condition, etc.?

Nelson: Staying physically and mentally fit is very important to driver safety and longevity. Walking and stretching are good ways to extend safe driving years. Crossword puzzles and tools like DriveSharp are good ways to keep the mind sharp.


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