Driver safety is important for people of all ages. While many older people are skilled and experienced drivers, age-related changes can make driving more challenging.
As we age, it’s important that we re-evaluate our driving skills on a regular basis. Learning about how age can affect our driving can help, and so can brushing up on our safe driving skills.
The Older Driver's Safety website (from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Public Health Agency of Canada) gives information about warning signs that may indicate a change in your driving ability, as well as information about how certain health conditions affect driving. Go to:
The BCAA Road Safety Foundation offers information and resources to help older drivers stay safe – including free Living Well, Driving Well workshops for older drivers. These workshops can help drivers adapt to age-related changes, review their own driving, and plan to stay mobile.
You should also be aware that some medications can affect your ability to drive. Drugs and the Older Driver (Canada Safety Council) explains how the medications you take may affect your ability to drive. To learn more, see:
Before you drive, check weather conditions, travel hazards, and road closures across the province. See:
Even experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their skills. The Drive Smart guide from ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) provides a great review of road rules and safety strategies.