Older Drivers

Frequently Asked Questions

4. How old can I be and still drive?

It’s your health, not your age, that matters most in driving safely. As you get older, you may notice physical changes and changes in other abilities. For example, you may have difficulty seeing at night or may not react quickly enough to avoid trouble. These changes vary widely from one person to the next. That’s why some people can continue driving much longer than others.

Age-related changes that may affect driving include changes in vision, hearing, attention and reaction time, and strength, flexibility, and coordination. Medications and certain health conditions can also affect people in ways that make driving dangerous.

(Watch this video to learn more about medical conditions that can affect driving.)

Having a particular health condition does not necessarily mean the end of driving. But you should pay attention to how well you drive. If you or someone you know is concerned about your driving, talk to your doctor and consider getting a driving evaluation.