Empowering Driver Safety Through Occupational Therapy Evaluation & Training
Colorado Springs - Denver Metro - Ft. Collins
Health Promotion Partners has become Fitness to Drive to serve you better! Same professional staff - new name!
Experienced Driver Programs
We specialize in:
Adult and Senior Driver Safety Evaluations
Adaptive Equipment Evaluations
Medical Return to Drive Evaluations
Fitness to Drive, (formerly Health Promotion Partners) is an award winning occupational therapy company. We empower new and experienced drivers through our driver education programs to gain confidence and independence to drive safely.
"From the initial phone call to the evaluation, everyone was very patient and helpful in explaining the process and tips for continued success. It's a huge help knowing that a professional has worked with my mom after her stroke and we can all feel confident that she will be safe while driving and working back to her independent lifestyle."
Helpful Tips to Stay Safe on the Roads: Top Driving Habits to Adopt
Driving safely is a priority for every road user. Whether you're a seasoned driver or just learning the ropes, adopting good driving habits can significantly reduce accidents and ensure safety.
First and foremost, staying focused while driving is paramount. Distracted driving can lead to devastating consequences, so put away your phone and avoid any other distractions that could take your attention away from the road.
Secondly, always obey traffic rules and regulations. This includes following speed limits, using your turn signals properly, and coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. Maintaining a safe following distance is another important habit to adopt. This gives you enough time to react to any sudden stops or changes in traffic, reducing the risk of rear-end collisions.
In addition to these habits, always remember to buckle up. Wearing your seat belt can save your life in the event of an accident, so make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly secured. By incorporating these top 5 driving habits into your daily routine, you can stay safe on the roads and protect yourself and others. So, buckle up, put your phone away, and let's hit the road with safety in mind.
Habit #1: Defensive driving
Defensive driving is a crucial habit to adopt to stay safe on the roads. This means being aware of your surroundings, anticipating potential hazards, and always being prepared to react. Defensive driving involves keeping a safe distance from the car in front of you, scanning the road ahead for any potential dangers, and constantly checking your mirrors to be aware of the vehicles around you.
By practicing defensive driving, you can avoid unnecessary collisions and have enough time to react to sudden changes in traffic. Remember, it's better to be cautious and arrive a few minutes late than to put yourself in a dangerous situation by rushing or being careless on the road.
Habit #3: Following traffic rules and regulations
Traffic rules and regulations exist for a reason – to keep everyone on the road safe. Always obey speed limits, as they are set based on the road conditions and the safety of all road users. Use your turn signals properly to indicate your intentions to other drivers, and always come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.
Additionally, be aware of any road signs or markings that provide important instructions or warnings. By following traffic rules and regulations, you contribute to a safer driving environment for everyone.
Habit #2: Avoiding distractions while driving
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on the road. It only takes a split second of distraction to cause a collision, so it's essential to eliminate any distractions while driving. Put your phone away in a designated spot where you won't be tempted to reach for it. Avoid eating, grooming, or engaging in any other activities that take your attention away from the road.
If you need to make a call or send a message, pull over to a safe location or use hands-free devices. Remember, nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of others on the road. By staying focused and avoiding distractions, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a safer driving experience.
Habit #4: Maintaining a safe following distance
Maintaining a safe following distance is essential to avoid rear-end collisions. Keep at least a two-second gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This gives you enough time to react if the car ahead suddenly stops or if there are any changes in traffic.
During adverse weather conditions or when driving at higher speeds, increase the following distance to at least four seconds. By giving yourself enough space, you can prevent accidents and have more time to make informed decisions while driving.
Resources for improving driver safety
If you want to improve your driving skills and adopt safer habits, check out our resources. Colorado's Guide For Aging Drivers is CDOT's statewide resource with safe driving tips, current driving laws, and helpful information. We also link to new driver safety resources.