Get a doctor’s opinion Make an appointment with your loved one’s physician. Ask the doctor to determine if an occupational therapy driving evaluation could help your parent. The doctor can write a prescription for the evaluation and periodic visits to the driving clinic, if necessary.
Warning Signs That a Senior Is an Unsafe Driver
If the person in your care flatly refuses to stop driving and you believe he or she poses a significant safety risk, you can file an unsafe driver report with your state DMV. A DMV representative will then contact your loved one and request a medical evaluation; a driving test may also be required.
Signs Your Senior Parent Should No Longer Be Driving
Many seniors will regard such retesting as age discrimination. But if the tests are thorough, and the decisions fair, retesting could help road safety, bring some families peace of mind and give older drivers a chance to reshape their driving habits yet keep on driving.
8 ways to stop an elderly person from driving
Conclusion: Drivers age 90 and above were at no greater driving risk than those one decade younger. MMSE orientation questions may be useful to assist in identifying which oldest old drivers could benefit from a comprehensive driving evaluation including an on-road test.
In short, no. However, drivers need to reapply for their licence at the age of 70 and every three years thereafter. There is no requirement to take a test but applicants must declare that they are fit and healthy to drive and their eyesight meets the minimum requirements for driving via self assessment.
10 Ways to Transport a Senior to the Doctor or Other Appointments
Starting the conversation
In Conclusion. The pros and cons of retesting elderly drivers is fairly cut and dry. The pros include all the reasons that could contribute to making an older driver more dangerous on the road. Reasons such as changes in vision, hearing and reflexes.
The “bump, bump, bump” technique involves only steering and doesn’t require any braking or acceleration whatsoever. This technique will move your vehicle one lane over, quickly and safely. Start with your hands at the nine and three position on the steering wheel.
Overall, the RAND study concluded that “younger drivers pose a much greater risk to traffic safety than do older drivers, both because they are likelier to cause a crash and because they drive many more miles.” The study also found that older drivers (who represent 15% of all licensed drivers) cause just 7% of all two-