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Seniors Driving

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 dont 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

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.

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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 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.

Find Out How

Assess Your Driving Skills

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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.

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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?

As areas of concern emerge, you may decide to seek a professional assessment to find out how your driving is affected and if you could benefit from a referral to rehabilitation. Your doctor may complete the assessment or make a referral to an occupational therapist, a private company or a clinic that specializes in driving assessment and evaluation.
pdf

Simple Driving Assessment

In 10-15 minutes, drivers can answer questions on 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.

View Test (PDF)

assess

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?
  • Reacting more slowly?
  • Losing flexibility or strength that makes some driving manoeuvres challenging?

As areas of concern emerge, you may decide to seek a professional assessment to find out how your driving is affected and if you could benefit from a referral to rehabilitation. Your doctor may complete the assessment or make a referral to an occupational therapist, a private company or a clinic that specializes in driving assessment and evaluation.

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steering Adjust Your Driving Habits

Learn when changes in driving habits may be necessary, and discover ways to have an open conversation with loved ones.

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meds 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
Learn more

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