Older Drivers

Information related to older drivers.

VIEWPOINT - Why I Stopped Driving

wise owlOne of the blessings of running this web site are the "conversations" that I have with the people who find me through my writing. Sometimes they share some very personal views with me and occasionally allow me to share it here. This is one of those stories.

RESOURCE - Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety

chorus logoA project of the Roadway Safety Foundation, a U.S. non-profit, the site is designed to be a centralized, user-friendly, and dynamic source of information pertaining to highway safety for aging drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Built as a comprehensive resource, it covers all three major components of highway safety: safe roadways, safe road users, and safe vehicles.

Thoughts on the Decision to Stop Driving

Senior DriverWe have built our world around the convenience of the motor vehicle. Without one, our focus suddenly becomes much more narrow. Are you prepared to cope with the decision to stop driving when the time comes?

The Enhanced Road Assessment

key with car in backgroundThe new year will bring changes to how drivers are re-examined to insure that they are safe to continue to drive. Current DriveABLE testing will be replaced by an Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA) that will be administered by ICBC at no cost.

Multiple Problems Involving Elderly Lady

Q&A ImageI have a tenant that is elderly and her vehicle is parked on the street and uninsured.

The mechanical soundness of the vehicle is seriously questionable. The vehicle owner said that the brakes are not working and she had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle in the past.

There have been times that she was so heavily medicated, people were surprised to see her get in her vehicle and drive away.

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.

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