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As we age, it’s important to work together to ensure that all populations have safe mobility.

In 2015, there were 291 people killed in crashes involving older drivers (ages 65+).

It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be more than 40 million drivers ages 65 and older in the United States (III).

If you are over the age of 60 and are unable to access transportation, you may be eligible for transportation assistance.

For older drivers

If you have recognized that you have begun to experience difficulty driving, it may be time to reassess your driving habits. Changes in your health can affect your driving abilities and put you and others on the road at risk.

 

Have you experienced any of the following?
  • increased number of crashes or “near misses”
  • noticed new dents in your vehicle
  • found yourself lost or confused while on the road
  • received concerned comments from neighbors, friends, or family
  • Other drivers honking at you often

 

Roadwise Review is a self-evaluation program, developed by AAA, to help drivers travel safely for longer. The free assessment is available online by clicking here.

 

If you find that your driving ability has changed, you may want to consider these self-imposed restrictions:

  • Avoid driving at night and during bad weather
  • Avoid rush-hour traffic
  • Drive less

 

Some driving challenges can be improved through vehicle modification. You can find more information for adapting your vehicle here.

Five Habits of Smart Drivers (AARP)

For friends and family

Starting a conversation about driving ability is difficult. You may find that a loved one or friend feels that his or her independence and freedom is being threatened. The National Institute on Aging provides guidelines for assessing driving problems. AARP also offers a free online seminar called “We Need to Talk” to help family members and friends discuss driving safety with older drivers.

 

The North Carolina DMV accepts referrals from family, friends, or concerned citizens who would like a driving medical evaluation performed on someone that has medical impairments that could affect one’s driving safety. Requests must be signed, dated, and submitted in writing by faxing the following information to 919-861-3836:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Any other identifying information on person referred
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