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  •  Are You Fit to Drive?

    Most people want to continue driving for as long as they can. However, a time will come when we must limit or stop driving for the safety of you and others, either temporarily or permanently. That does not mean giving up your independence or freedom. It just means taking responsibility for yourself and making the mature decision to give up your keys. Learn the signs that indicate it is time to limit or stop driving and look for them in yourself and others.

    Signs that it's Time to Limit or Stop Driving:

    • Almost crashing, with frequent "close calls" 
    • Finding dents and scrapes on the car, on fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs, etc. 
    • Getting lost, especially in familiar locations 
    • Having trouble seeing or following traffic signals, road signs, and pavement markings 
    • Responding more slowly to unexpected situations, or having trouble moving their foot from the gas to the brake pedal; confusing the two pedals 
    • Misjudging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance and exit ramps 
    • Experiencing road rage or causing other drivers to honk or complain 
    • Easily becoming distracted or having difficulty concentrating while driving 
    • Having a hard time turning around to check the rear view while backing up or changing lanes 
    • Receiving multiple traffic tickets or "warnings" from law enforcement officers 
    • You are taking new medications with this warning "May Cause Dizziness. Do Not Drive Or Perform Other Potentially DANGEROUS Tasks Until You Know How This Medication Affects You."
    (AARP Driver Safety, 2010) 
     According to the 2016 CDOT Problem Identification Report, older adults are more frequently involved in, found at fault for, and sustain fatal injuries because of major crashes.
    640 drivers were involved in a fatal crash between 2012 and 2014.

    Among total drivers involved in a fatal crash, drivers age 65 years and over represented:
    • 65% of drivers involved in a fatal crash
    • 73% of drivers at fault for the fatal crash
    • 71% of drivers who sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash
    This data suggests that adults need to consider alternative transportation options as they reach 65 years old and continue to age.

    How Do You Tell Someone it is No Longer Safe For Them to Drive?  

    Aging adults must make the mature decision for themselves to limit or stop driving.  If you need to talk to an aging adult about driving safety, some resources are available below.
     You Can Be Mobile and Active with Public Transit!

    Just because you might not be able to drive yourself anymore, does not mean you can not still be active and mobile. Bus service is available across the Western Slope of Colorado.

    Please view the Grand Valley Transit, All Points Transit, and Road Runner Stage Lines sections below for information on bus services in your area and the discounts available for seniors. 

    If you need assistance in planning your trip, each section includes a phone number and their staff is happy to help! Or you can visit their website for additional information.

    Happy traveling....

     Grand Valley Transit

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    Call (970) 256-RIDE or (970) 256-7433 

    We serve the Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, and unincorporated areas of Mesa County.

    We offer half fare discounts and discount passes to seniors 65 years and over who ride with us on Grand Valley Transit. Find out more by visiting our Fares page.

     All Points Transit

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    Call (970) 249-0128 or visit our website for additional information

    We serve Montrose County, Delta County, and San Miguel County.

    Visit our bus rates and passes page to learn about the half priced fares available for seniors who ride with us on All Points Transit.

     Road Runner Stage Lines

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    Call (970) 563-4545 or visit our website for additional information 

    We provide daily bus service between Durango and Grand Junction over Lizard Head Pass, stopping in Telluride.

    We offer a 10% discount to seniors 55 years and over who ride with us.  Visit our Tickets page to learn more.

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