Senior drivers

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Information for mature driversOlder man sitting in car

Most adults hold a driver's licence and the majority of us rely on our car to get around. A driver's licence is an important part of staying independent, which is why people want to keep driving as long as possible. While age is not the sole indicator of driving ability, there is evidence that the skills needed for safe driving begin to deteriorate as we get older, particularly from about 75 years of age. Additionally, conditions such as dementia may affect a person’s ability to drive safely.

Crash patterns for older drivers are significantly different to those of other age groups. For drivers aged 80 and over, the most common crashes are intersection crashes, where the older driver is turning right across traffic, and crashes where the older driver drives off the road. 

The Roads & Maritime Services' older driver licensing system is designed to balance the safety of road users and the general community with the continuing independence and mobility of older drivers. The comprehensive guide for older drivers explains the older driver licensing system, licensing options and what the practical driving assessment involves.

As you age your body changes and so too does your driving position.  It is very important that you make appropriate adjustments to help reduce fatigue and discomfort.  The NRMA video below provides practical advice on how to make your car fit you.

There is an abundance of information available to help you use the roads safely well into your older years.

 

If you would like further information on older drivers, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on (02) 4232 0444.