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Exercise for Safety Behind the Wheel

Simple exercises contribute to a more positive driving experience and help you stay safe on the road

About the Research

The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab tracked experienced drivers ages 60 to 74 as they followed a physical fitness program for 15 to 20 minutes per day over eight to 10 weeks. The exercise program focused on four areas: flexibility, range of motion, strength and coordination. Participants’ driving skills were assessed before and after the exercise program with a combination of in-lab tests, a driving simulator and the instrumented MIT AgeLab Aware Car. The research also surveyed drivers age 50-plus about exercise and driving as well as the most challenging aspects of driving.


When it comes to fitness and increasing endurance, walking every day is one of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise. Try to take a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothes and a safe place to walk. Check out local facilities such as malls, recreation centers or community centers to explore available options. It is a great way to spend time with friends and family.

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