Exercise can have many benefits for our physical and mental well-being. But did you know it may also help you be a safer driver? To enjoy exercising, even more, ask a friend to join you.
With the MIT AgeLab, we researched the connection between physical exercise and driving and found some fascinating results. Our research tracked experienced drivers ages 60-74 as they followed a physical fitness program for 15-20 minutes per day over eight to 10 weeks.
Drivers in the study who were asked to exercise daily:
- Reported greater ease in turning their heads to see blind spots when changing lanes or to back up;
- Were able to rotate their bodies further to scan the driving environment while making right-hand turns;
- Were able to get into their cars more rapidly, demonstrating increased overall flexibility.
The research also surveyed drivers 50+ and found that half have not considered how exercise might be beneficial to their ability to drive. Read More