Senior Drivers

What's in the Senior Drivers section

The fact is that our population is aging.

And while more experience is a good thing, so is awareness that some age-related changes are inevitable. Those changes don’t have to mean the end of a driving life.

The CAA used decades of experience in road safety, along with expert assistance from the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, to design a toolkit for seniors and their loved ones.

Use the toolkit to:
  • Assess fitness to drive under different conditions
  • Maintain driving confidence as you age
  • Take concrete steps to modify driving habits if needed

Find Out How Aging Can Affect Driving

Did you know that drivers aged 65 and older have the largest number of fatalities out of all age groups? (Transport Canada)

As we age, our physical and mental abilities change, and some of those changes – including our vision, hearing and ability to react quickly – can affect our driving. These changes generally happen very slowly, so it’s important to evaluate them early and often to ensure we understand how our ability to drive is being affected, and then take steps to ensure we can continue to drive safely.

Vision

Over the years, our pupils get smaller and can affect our ability to drive safely.

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Hearing

Hearing loss can affect our ability to react to our surroundings.

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Motor Skills

Diminishing motor skills can affect reaction time.

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Maintain Your Driving Skills

CAA has gathered information on ways to maintain driving skills, and although the information is intended for seniors, much of it would be helpful for all drivers.

Learn how