Senior Driver Safety

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DRIVER EVALUATIONS

As a senior driver being told you have to take a driving test probably makes you think you are about to lose your independence. This is not necessarily true! The DMV does not have different licensing standards for senior drivers. It is an individual’s mental and/or physical condition or his/her inability to follow traffic laws and rules, regardless of age, that determines whether DMV renews, restricts, suspends, or revokes a driving privilege.

Senior drivers who are asked to take a driving test have usually:

  • Not met DMV’s minimum vision requirements, or
  • Been referred from a Driver Safety office because of a physical or mental (P&M) condition or lack of driving skill. Sometimes a law enforcement officer, your physician, or a relative or friend who is concerned about the way you are driving may refer you to DMV for a check of your driving ability.

An important point to remember at this time is that Excel Driver Services is here to help you.  Our Instructor can take you out for an hour driving evaluation and since we are certified by the state we can write you a letter detailing your strengths and weaknesses and weather you have the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. We can determine if you

  • have formed or retained the proper safe-driving habits.
  • can translate the knowledge of traffic laws into actual practice.
  • can compensate for any physical condition that might affect safe driving ability, such as poor vision, loss of a limb, or the early stages of dementia.

During your evaluation, your examiner will note any driving skill deficiencies or behaviors that need improvement, but would not disqualify you from keeping your driver license. The examiner will discuss these issues with you when have finished your driving test.

You may want to practice your driving skills by taking a driver education and training class. If your driver license is suspended or revoked and you want to get your license back, contact your local DMV office.

Safety Tips for Older Drivers

Driving can sometimes be challenging for older adults. Follow these driver safety tips, from taking good care of yourself to planning ahead and updating your skills.

Driver safety requires more than understanding road signs and traffic laws. As you get older, you’ll likely notice physical changes that can make actions such as turning your head to look for oncoming traffic or driving at night more challenging. Still, getting older doesn’t mean your driving days are over. Consider the top six tips for older drivers.

Stay physically active

Staying physically active improves your strength and flexibility, which may help with actions such as turning the steering wheel and looking over your shoulder. Look for ways to include physical activity in your daily routine. Walking is a great choice for many people. Stretching and strength training exercises are helpful, too. If you’ve been sedentary, get your doctor’s permission before increasing your activity level.

Manage any chronic conditions

Work with your doctor to manage any chronic conditions – especially those that might affect your ability to drive safely. For example, if you have diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions for managing your blood sugar. This can help you avoid low blood sugar levels while you’re behind the wheel. Follow any driving restrictions suggested by your doctor.

Of course, it is equally important to know your medications. Many drugs can affect your ability to drive safely, even when you’re feeling fine. Read the labels of your medications so that you know what to expect from each one. Don’t drive if you’ve taken medication that causes drowsiness or dizziness.

Schedule regular vision and hearing tests

Senses such as hearing and vision tend to decline with age. Impaired hearing may impede your ability to hear an approaching emergency vehicle or train. And common age-related vision problems – such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration – can make it difficult to see clearly or drive at night.

Ask your doctor how frequently to schedule vision and hearing tests. Even if you think your hearing and vision are fine, stick to your doctor’s recommended exam schedule. Problems may be easier to correct if caught early.

Drive under optimal conditions

When possible, drive during the daytime, in good weather, on quiet roads and in familiar areas. Plan your route to avoid rush-hour traffic. Delay your trip if the visibility is poor. Beyond road conditions, make sure you’re in optimal condition to drive, too. Don’t drive if you’re tired or angry – and never drive after drinking alcohol.

Plan ahead

When you get in your vehicle, be prepared to drive. Plan your route ahead of time so that you don’t find yourself trying to read a map while driving.

Know when it is time to consider other alternatives

If you become confused while you’re driving or you’re concerned about your ability to drive safely – or your loved ones or others have expressed concern – consider other alternatives. Perhaps you can take the bus, use a van service or take advantage of other local transportation options. Giving up your car keys doesn’t need to end your independence.