(HealthDay News) -- Many seniors rely on their car for mobility and independence. But the chances of getting into an automobile accident grow as you age, especially after your 75th birthday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The agency suggests how senior drivers can stay safe:

  • Speak with your doctor or pharmacist about possible drug interactions or side effects that could affect your driving.
  • Get an annual eye exam, and always wear contact lenses or glasses as recommended.
  • Plan your travel route before you get in the car.
  • Leave plenty of room between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Don't allow distractions in the car, such as a cell phone, eating or listening to loud music.
  • Carpool with a friend or take public transportation whenever possible.