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.
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
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.
Over the years, our pupils get smaller and can affect our ability to drive safely.
Hearing loss can affect our ability our ability to react to our surroundings.
Diminishing motor skills can affect reaction time.
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.
Assess Your Driving Skills
Simple Driving Assessment
In 10-15 minutes, drivers can answer questions a worksheet that will help to evaluate whether they need to take steps to improve their driving skills, and to pinpoint specific areas for improvement.
Professional Driving Assessment
Have you have noticed that some of your skills needed for safe driving are not as strong as they used to be?
- Not seeing as well?
- Stay safe behind the wheel
- Reacting more slowly?
- Losing flexibility or strength that makes some driving manoeuvres challenging?
Adjust Your Driving Habits
Learn when changes in driving habits may be necessary, and discover ways to have an open conversation with loved ones.
- Signs that Driving Habits Should Change
- Tips on talking about driving and aging
- Alternatives to Driving
Medications & Driving
Understand how different medications may affect your driving:
- Sedatives and hypnotics
- Non-prescription antihistamines
- Motion-sickness medications & muscle relaxants
- Antidepressants, antipsychotics and anticholinergics