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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!

Driver Safety Training

New Driver Readiness

Ready to see if driving is right for you?

We work with teens and young adults who need an individualized approach to learning to drive safely.

Older Driver Evaluation

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.

Emerging and Innovative Practice Award 2020
Marjorie Ball Award 2018
Driver safety, driver education, adult driver
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"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."

Rachel E.


The importance of adopting safe driving habits

Driving is a responsibility that should never be taken lightly. Every time we get behind the wheel, we have the power to make choices that can either protect us and those around us or put us all at risk. By adopting safe driving habits, we can greatly reduce the chances of accidents and ensure that everyone on the road arrives at their destination safely.

Adult Driving Lesson in Colorado

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 seatbelt 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.

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Additional tips for staying safe on the roads

In addition to the habits mentioned above, here are a few more tips to help you stay safe on the roads:

  • Avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, excessive speeding, or weaving in and out of traffic.

  • Be mindful of pedestrians and always yield to them at crosswalks.

  • Use your mirrors frequently to stay aware of your surroundings.

  • Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Always designate a sober driver or use alternative transportation options.

  • Be patient and courteous to other drivers, even in frustrating situations.

By incorporating these additional tips into your driving habits, you can further enhance your safety on the roads and contribute to a more harmonious driving environment.

Driving Resources

Resources for improving driving habits

If you want to improve your driving skills and adopt safer habits, resources are available to help you. Consider enrolling in defensive driving courses or workshops that provide practical tips and techniques for safer driving. 

Our Occupational Therapists provide specialized services to drive safely in Colorado Springs, Denver and Ft. Collins using adult driver education.

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