AAA Launches Online Review Tool for Senior Drivers
"Our goal is to make Roadwise Review available to as many seniors, caregivers and family members as possible," said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. "Roadwise Review allows seniors to check their driving ability conveniently and confidentially -- something that is vitally important as we age."
With the use of video and easy to follow instructions, Roadwise Review provides confidential feedback in eight different areas:
- Leg Strength and General Mobility -- necessary to control acceleration and braking.
- Head and Neck Flexibility -- essential in checking blind spots, lane changes or merging.
- High Contrast Visual Acuity -- needed to identify pavement markings, as well as detect many types of hazards in or near the road.
- Low Visual Acuity -- vital for driving in low visibility conditions such as dusk, rain or fog.
- Working Memory -- important in following directions, remembering traffic rules and regulations, and using information on highway guide signs.
- Visualization of Missing Information -- helps a driver recognize hazards even when partially hidden from view.
- Visual Search -- safe driving requires the ability to quickly find and recognize traffic signs and landmarks.
- Useful Field of View -- ensures drivers can pay attention to what is happening right in front of them while also noticing safety threats at the edge of their field of view.
"AAA is dedicated to keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible and mobile thereafter," said Jake Nelson, director, AAA Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research. "Roadwise Review is just one of many free online tools and resources designed by AAA to assist older drivers and their families."