Older Drivers

Information related to older drivers.

EVENT - Safe Driving for Seniors, February 24, 2017

VIU Elder CollegeJoin me for a 3 hour seminar, Safe Driving for Seniors, in Parksville on February 24, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The seminar is part of Vancouver Island University's Elder College program.

VIDEOS - AARP Smart Driver Course

video iconThis series of videos produced by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is part of their Smart Driver course. Applicable to drivers of all ages, the focus is on the mature driver.

Cognitive Testing of Older Drivers

Senior DriverI am often asked about driver testing, particularly now that some older drivers are being given cognitive testing as part of the mandatory medical evaluation at and after age 80. This is called the SIMARD test and was developed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. It allows the doctor or their medical staff to quickly and accurately identify people who are having cognitive difficulty that would compromise safe driving.

RESOURCE - The Senior Driver Toolkit

BCAA LogoThe British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) has announced the launch of it's Senior Driver Toolkit. The Toolkit is aimed at helping both aging drivers and their families. It is part of the larger CAA Seniors Driving Site that is designed to show seniors how to stay safe behind the wheel, maintain confidence, and take concrete steps to modify driving habits if needed.

RESEARCH - One Drink May Impair Older Drivers

Keys and DrinkA study by researchers at the University of Florida reports that "You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver." Groups of young drivers and older drivers were tested on a driving simulator sober and with blood alcohol levels of .04 and .065.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Oops, You Forgot Something!

cameraThis was noticed sitting in the parking lot one afternoon. Where was the rest of the vehicle? The elderly driver had managed to hook the front fascia of the vehicle on the curb block when backing out of the space and ripped it off of the car. She allegedly did not realize that this had happened until it was pointed out to her when she stopped in another parking lot shortly afterward.

 

CASE LAW - Lewis v British Columbia (Public Safety and Solicitor General)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsDelores Lewis was required to take the computer based version of the DriveABLE test and failed. The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles directed ICBC to cancel her driver's licence. Reconsideration of this decision was possible if she was able to provide a report from her doctor indicating that she was medically fit to drive. This was provided and Ms. Lewis took the test a second time. The result of the second test indicated that her abilities had declined. Her licence remained cancelled.

SELF HELP - The Enhanced Driving Decisions Workbook

University of Michigan MResearch indicates that the (Enhanced) Driving Decisions Workbook significantly increases the self-awareness of older drivers and facilitates discussion about driving-related problems with family members. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and The UM Drive-Ability Program have developed and host the on line assessment tool.

RESOURCE - Are You a Senior Driver?

ICBC LogoThe Insurance Corporation of British Columbia has started to provide resources for older drivers. The first is a pamphlet titled "Are You a Senior Driver?"  It is a brief overview of topics that are important to aging drivers including:

NEWS - BC Government Changes the DriveABLE Program

BC FlagThe provincial government is making changes to the DriveABLE testing program in response to lobbying by seniors. Prior to the changes if a cognitively impaired driver failed the computer based assessment they did not proceed to an in car test and had to travel to and pay for testing at their own expense.

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