Train for the road ahead.
DriveSharp takes a unique approach to driving safety. It’s an online brain fitness program designed to sharpen your most important safety equipment: your mind. DriveSharp has been scientifically proven to help you:
- Cut your risk of a car crash by up to 50 percent.
- Increase useful field of view by up to 200 percent.
- React faster to dangers, for instance reducing stopping distance by up to 22 feet at 55 mph.
- Drive with greater confidence at night, in congested traffic, and in new places.
Learn a new skill or hobby.
When choosing a new skill or hobby, look for mentally challenging activities like learning a new language, playing bridge, or learning to play a musical instrument. These activities stimulate the mind and help to improve your cognitive performance. Activities like jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, or Sudoku can be fun, interactive, and help keep your mind sharp.
Physical Fitness Benefits
As we age, some decline in physical fitness is inevitable. But scientific research shows that after age 30, sedentary people begin to lose their capacity to do physical activity more quickly than those who remain active—so it’s vital to keep moving.
Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to produce positive results. Effective exercise programs should do three things: challenge your heart and lungs aerobically, stretch and strengthen your muscles, and loosen your joints to help with flexibility. Brisk walking, routine housework, and gardening all count. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week, if possible.
Maintain flexibility for safe driving.
Based on research that shows that higher levels of fitness among seniors is associated with better driving performance, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recommends that senior drivers develop a regular routine of exercise and stretching to improve neck, shoulder, trunk, back, and overall body flexibility.
Flexibility permits drivers to move the entire body and all joints more freely so you can observe the road from all angles and maneuver your vehicle as needed. This can help alert you to potential hazards in unexpected areas on the road in addition to making it easier to:
- Get in and out of the car;
- Look to the side and rear;
- Park the car;
- Adjust the safety belts;
- And sit for extended periods of time.
Good flexibility also helps improve posture and prevent fatigue while driving.