Driving information for seniors

Owning and operating a vehicle has a powerful connotation of independence – no matter when age you are. Whether you are 16 or 80 years old, the same level of responsibility applies to you behind the wheel.

The strains of time can deteriorate everyone’s driving skills and can be greatly affected by such things as changes in vision and reaction times. Medical conditions such as stroke and dementia can also affect ability to drive. By understanding changes in the aging process, and learning how to compensate for them, one can drive more safely.

According to the Ministry of Transportation: 

At age 80 years, and for every 2nd year thereafter, the ministry requires seniors to enroll in the Seniors Driver Renewal Program.

This includes: 

• A vision test

• 90-minute education session

• A written test

• A road test may be required

Safety tips for senior drivers:  

  1. Getting your eyes checked every year. Make sure that corrective lenses are current. Keep the windshield, mirrors, and headlights clean, and turn brightness up on the instrument panel on your dashboard.
  2. Having your hearing checked annually. If hearing aids are prescribed, make sure they are worn while driving.
  3. Talking with a doctor about the effects that ailments or medications may have on your driving ability.
  4. Sleeping well. Getting enough sleep is essential to driving well.
  5. Drive defensively. Distraction and mobile devices are synonymous with accidents. It’s important, especially when reaction times are a little delayed to employ a cautious approach to driving.
  6. Know your limitations. It’s important at any age to be comfortable when driving – take the time to arrive safely at your destination.

Anyone who has been involved in a car accident knows that the effects can be far reaching. Severe injuries can happen as a result of even a seemingly minor accident, and the losses you experience, both physically and financially, can last for years. Our lawyers at Harris Law have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve; we’ll even conduct our own investigation to determine who is at fault.