Older Drivers

Information related to older drivers.

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.

RESOURCE - The Senior Driver Toolkit

BCAA LogoThe British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) has announced the launch of it's Senior Driver Toolkit. The Toolkit is aimed at helping both aging drivers and their families. It is part of the larger CAA Seniors Driving Site that is designed to show seniors how to stay safe behind the wheel, maintain confidence, and take concrete steps to modify driving habits if needed.

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.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Oops, You Forgot Something!

cameraThis was noticed sitting in the parking lot one afternoon. Where was the rest of the vehicle? The elderly driver had managed to hook the front fascia of the vehicle on the curb block when backing out of the space and ripped it off of the car. She allegedly did not realize that this had happened until it was pointed out to her when she stopped in another parking lot shortly afterward.

 

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?

Q&A - Can Dad Drive in the US?

older driver and carMy 89 years old father voluntarily restricted his driving license, after an at fault single vehicle accident 5 years ago, to local driving only. While recently vacationing in Washington State he asked “can I drive here”. I wasn’t sure as lives in Lillooet B.C.  Unfortunately I didn’t look at his drivers license to check if he was restricted to 50 kmh.

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.

VIEWPOINT - Failed my Road Test

SoapboxI am over 82 and have failed my first road test . However I hope with refresher lessons at driving school to do better next time.

HELP! We Want Dad to Stop Driving

key with car in backgroundHelp! My father is 87 and has had a minor accident. My sibling and I would like to see him give up his license and keep him safe, not to mention others. He won't give it up freely! We don't want to be disinherited either! Who or what do we contact without him knowing? I have tried the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, who is no help as they want a report.

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