Keeping older drivers behind the wheel

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(NBC) – Carol Baker is 76, retired and always on the go. She says her daily routine includes driving.

Another part of her routine? Exercise.

Baker adds, “I like to use a pool as well to do water exercises. I do my floor exercises. The one I do at home, I do them both six days a week.”

That exercise is good for her and her driving according to a new study from Triple A, which says even a little activity can make a big difference for older drivers.

Tamra Johnson of AAA says, “This doesn’t have to be strenuous. Older adults can actually look at breaking up that exercise into 10-20 minute increments across the week to get that entire balance in.”

Baker says she drives more now than before she retired and her exercise routines keep her sharp.

She claims, “I think we tend to deteriorate if we don’t keep active and alert kind of thing.”

In other words, a little time in the gym means more time on the road.

Research shows that daily exercise and stretching can help older drivers to improve overall body flexibility and move more freely to observe the road from all angles. 

Physical strength also helps drivers remain alert to potential hazards on the road and perform essential driving functions.

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