It’s estimated 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.
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.
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:
Some driving challenges can be improved through vehicle modification. You can find more information for adapting your vehicle here.
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.
Plan for the Road Ahead provides resources to develop a transportation plan with your loved ones to keep them mobile and engaged in the community.
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: