Information for Seniors
Staying mobile is important to the lifestyle of today’s seniors. Growing older doesn’t mean you have to give up driving. No one loses his or her licence solely because of age.
As we get older, we change. And while the years following the age of 50 can be wonderful, some of us become hard of hearing, others need corrective lenses, and our reflexes may slow down.
Senior Drivers should learn to recognize individual changes and adjust their driving habits accordingly. The following outlines some warning signs that could lead to unsafe driving and suggested steps that can be taken to keep you and other road users safe while you’re behind the wheel.
Ontario’s Roads are among the safest in North America so it’s important that every road user makes road safety a personal responsibility. If you’re a senior driver, you may benefit from taking a driving course to help you stay on the road as long as you can.
Ask yourself these questions:senior
Am I experiencing an increasing number of near collisions?
Have I been directly involved in minor collisions?
Do I have difficulty driving through intersections, judging distance, or seeing pedestrians, road signs, or other vehicles?
Do I have difficulty concentrating while driving?
Do I get lost or disoriented on familiar roads?
Do I have difficulty co-ordinating foot and hand movements?
Am I experiencing vision problems especially at night?
Do I get nervous behind the wheel?
Do other motorists frequently honk at me?
Do family members express concern about my driving?
Your answers to these questions can help you decide whether to continue to drive, cut back to certain times of the day or stop driving altogether. If you have checked one or more of the warning signs and are concerned about your driving ability, talk to your doctor or family and get their opinions. You should also consider taking our drivers course to refresh your knowledge of the rules of the road and safe driving practises.
Your health is a key factor in your ability to drive
Your doctor can recommend an exercise program to improve flexibility and maintain strength, which can help you stay behind the wheel longer.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure any current and new medications will not negatively affect your ability to drive.
Be careful with over-the-counter medications and combining medications that can also impair you’re driving.
Report the following symptoms:
Vision changes, unexplained fainting or dizzy spells
Frequent, chronic or severe pain
Avoid driving if you’re experiencing pain, because it can decrease your ability to concentrate and limit your movement behind the wheel.
Have your hearing and eye sight checked regularly. Peripheral vision and depth perception tend to decline over the years
For Drivers 80 plus
Ontario Senior Driver Licence Renewal Program for driver 80 years of age and older, helps seniors drive safely and be mobile and independent longer.
What happens to my drivers licence when I turn 80 years old?
Drivers age 80 years or older must renew their driver’s licence every two years. To renew your licence, you must pay the applicable licence fee, complete a vision test, a written test on the rules of the road and signs, and take part in a group education session.
Senior Driver Group Education
Other Information Sources for Senior’s
Canada Safety Council
Phone: (613) 739-1535
CAA Canadian Automobile Association
Phone: (613) 247-0117