Older Drivers

Tips for Safe Driving

Make Adjustments

Staying safe on the road as you get older may mean making adjustments for age-related physical changes and health conditions and taking steps to improve your driving.

Here are some tips to help you drive safely if you experience changes in vision, hearing, attention and reaction time, or strength, flexibility and coordination. There are also tips on how to keep medications from interfering with your driving.

Make Sure You See Well Enough

There are several steps to take to make sure you see well enough to drive safely.

Many states require people who renew their driver’s licenses to have their vision tested. Such requirements have been shown to reduce deaths among older drivers. People who do not pass the test are told to get an eye exam.

To learn about an eye exam that adults 60+ should have at least once a year, see Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam.

Check Your Hearing

You can also take several steps to make sure you hear well enough to drive safely.

Think you may have a hearing loss? See what a hearing test involves.

Address Attention and Reaction Time

Here are some helpful tips to address changes in attention and reaction time.

Address Physical Changes

These tips can help you address physical changes that may affect your driving

To learn about exercise for older adults, see Benefits of Exercise. Or visit Go4Life®, the exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults from the National Institute on Aging.

Check Your Medications

You also need to make sure medications do not interfere with your driving.

For more information on older adults and medication safety, see Taking Medicines Safely.

Improve Your Driving

If you find that your driving skills have declined, it may be time to make some changes. That doesn’t necessarily mean giving up the car keys. You might just need to change your driving habits.