Older Drivers

Information related to older drivers.

Q&A - Doctor's Fees for Medical Reports

Q&A ImageAs we approach 80 we get a notification from ICBC to book an appointment with our GP to review our health issues and to see if we are still able to drive.

Here is my complaint.

REPORT - Supporting Safe Driving Into Old Age

older driver and carThis is a report from Britain that examines the needs of an aging population in the context of our current highway system:

Our road transport system, our roads and vehicles, have been designed for use by fit, middle aged motorists in the middle of the spectrum of road users. Looked at through an older driver’s prism, the current road system doesn’t do them many favours. But with careful planning and design, it could be so much better, not only for the older motorist but for all motorists.

VIDEOS - AARP Smart Driver Course

video iconThis series of videos produced by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is part of their Smart Driver course. Applicable to drivers of all ages, the focus is on the mature driver.

Q&A - Are Compulsory Medicals at 80 Discriminatory?

Q&A ImageWhen it comes to medical exams, it's worthy of note that every driver is asked about their health when they first apply for any class of license.  Doesn't mean that they're inflexible; even an epileptic can drive if they've been seizure free for long enough.

Cognitive Testing of Older Drivers

Senior DriverI am often asked about driver testing, particularly now that some older drivers are being given cognitive testing as part of the mandatory medical evaluation at and after age 80. This is called the SIMARD test and was developed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. It allows the doctor or their medical staff to quickly and accurately identify people who are having cognitive difficulty that would compromise safe driving.

Q&A - Failed Because of Not Shoulder Checking

Backing Up Shoulder CheckMy father, who just turned 80, is undergoing a mandatory drivers' exam next month. He did not pass the previous one, largely due to insufficient shoulder checks, according to the score sheet he was given.

RESEARCH - One Drink May Impair Older Drivers

Keys and DrinkA study by researchers at the University of Florida reports that "You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver." Groups of young drivers and older drivers were tested on a driving simulator sober and with blood alcohol levels of .04 and .065.

CASE LAW - Lewis v British Columbia (Public Safety and Solicitor General)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsDelores Lewis was required to take the computer based version of the DriveABLE test and failed. The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles directed ICBC to cancel her driver's licence. Reconsideration of this decision was possible if she was able to provide a report from her doctor indicating that she was medically fit to drive. This was provided and Ms. Lewis took the test a second time. The result of the second test indicated that her abilities had declined. Her licence remained cancelled.

Q&A - Giving Up My Class 1 Licence

Truck Tractor and TrailerI'm nearing my 71st birthday and have received the annual medical form required for all Class 1 license holders over, I believe, age 65. I haven't driven for over a year and have no plans to go back to work even on a part time basis.

What class will my license revert to when I hand in my Class 1?

SELF HELP - The Enhanced Driving Decisions Workbook

University of Michigan MResearch indicates that the (Enhanced) Driving Decisions Workbook significantly increases the self-awareness of older drivers and facilitates discussion about driving-related problems with family members. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and The UM Drive-Ability Program have developed and host the on line assessment tool.

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