Even though age is just a number, it’s important for drivers to recognize age-related changes. Driving safe is something we advocate for, which is why we’ve outlined helpful tips to ensure older drivers stay safe.
What are some age-related concerns impacting driving?According to the Canada Safety Council, there are many factors that influence a driver’s ability to drive safely as they age. Some include reduced vision, hearing loss, slowed response time due to illnesses and a decrease in depth perception.
Ontario’s Licence Renewal Program
If you live in Ontario, when you turn 80 years old, you must partake in the Licence Renewal Program. This includes a vision test, multiple choice test on driving rules and traffic signs and a safe driving and driving laws group education session.
Safety Tips For Older Drivers
- If you have to wear hearing aids or glasses, ensure you are wearing them while driving
- Take your medication correctly and know if what you’re taking affects your ability to drive
- Have regular vision and hearing examinations
- Always wear your seat belt
- Never drink and drive
- Don’t drive at dusk and dawn because visibility is difficult
- Avoid driving for extended periods of time and be alert when you’re behind the wheel; refrain from driving if you are emotionally upset
- Use your mirrors often
- Don’t look at the headlights of oncoming vehicles
- Keep background noises to a minimum so it doesn’t affect your concentration