Having a drivers license, owning a car – it all brings a sense of freedom that never changes. That’s why so many seniors are hesitant to stop driving, even after it becomes unsafe.
Learn more about the age-related changes that can make driving dangerous and use our older driver safety resources and tips to ensure your parents and senior loved ones are safe on the road.
Statistics show that age can affect driving abilities and impact older driver safety. Some age-related factors that can affect drivers include:
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Thankfully, there are resources that caregivers, parents and senior loved ones can use to ensure older driver safety:
An independent, objective evaluation can both judge driving competence and give a voice of authority to a decision. Completed at hospitals, rehabilitation centers and Veterans Administration Medical Centers, these tests are usually administered by driver rehabilitation specialists and occupational therapists.
After an assessment, a driver often works with an occupational therapist that provides rehabilitation to strengthen skills used in driving.
The AAA Roadwise Review measures functional abilities shown to be the strongest predictors of crash risk among older drivers:
Elderly resources like the AARP Driver Safety Program refresher course is the first and largest course created for adults 50 and older.
“We assess our health from time to time; we should assess our driving from time to time and make adjustments based on our assessment of our own driving,” says Brian Greenberg, Coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program. “Just think of it as a driver tune-up.”
How have you kept a parent or senior loved one safe behind the wheel? Share your older driver safety experiences with us in the comments below.