Senior Scene: Safe driving, credit cards, scams

Now that we have had our first snowfall, here are a few tips for seniors to stay safe on the roads:

  • Try not to drive in heavy traffic, during rush hour, or in bad weather.
  • Keep your radio low or off.
  • Minimize chats with passengers and don’t daydream.
  • Clean the inside and outside of your windshield and windows as well as mirrors.
  • Always travel with your headlights on.
  • Keep wiper blades clean and replace them when they start to smear your windshield.
  • Use day/night setting on your rearview mirrors to cut down on glare.
  • Use your sideview mirrors to see what’s around your car when parking, changing lanes or backing up.

Seniors with credit card debt, credit repair issues, credit discrimination, medical debt, or identity theft or who are encountering abusive/harassing collection practices may call the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 1-800-994-9422.

Telemarketing scams or complaints should be directed to the attorney general’s office at 1-800- 660-7787. For problems with home improvement companies, call the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection at 1-800-842-2649.