Driving Older, Driving Longer!
In modern life, most of us live and remain healthy much longer and than even our grand-parents. Which means we drive longer, and we can be behind the wheel at a pretty advanced age or we are likely to drive alongside elderly drivers. That means we need to increase our awareness about:
- the effects of aging on driving
- steps to take to overcome them to ensure to keep our driver’s license as long as possible
- the fact that prejudice against older drivers are after all, like all prejudices, unfounded
In this section, we offer you articles aimed at seniors, their families and all those who want to learn more about this important topic.
How does it work? You need to remember that the SAAQ decides and manages a demerit points system applicable to all licence holders. The number of points varies with the type and seriousness of offences or infractions to the Highway Safety Code (or under a municipal by-law, provincial or federal statute or a regulation concerning road […]
Easy: take care of yourself! To be able to keep your drivers licence as long as possible, there are some basic rules you might want to follow: Take care of your health Listen to your body Adapt your driving to the effects aging is having on your body Keep up-to-date in terms of road safety […]
Health and driver’s licence If the SAAQ requires a medical and visual assessment at 75, 80 y.o. and every two years afterward to renew your driver’s licence, it can also suspend or even cancel your licence, whatever your age, based on your medical condition, or require that such assessments be performed more frequently. n fact, […]
Visual and Medical Evaluation Many reasons may bring the SAAQ to require you to pass a medical or visual examination, whatever your age, as a condition for you to keep your driver’s licence. However, the law stipulates that if you hold a Class 5, 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D or 8 licence, you must pass a […]
Everything changes Nowadays, everything changes really fast. The Highway Safety Code and Road Safety Regulations change too, sometimes very quickly. So if you obtained your driver’s licence, say, 5 or 10 years ago, chances are your knowledge or skills are not up-to-date and that you’re missing on important information. But how would you know? Well, […]
Some topics never get easier We’re all responsible for making the right decisions when aging starts affecting driving or worse, makes it dangerous. However, most frequently, it’s people around the driver or the driver’s loved ones that are likely to notice the first signs that something has changed or has gone wrong. That’s when you […]
That, is an important question! The truth is, aging and it’s impact on our healt become obvious at various ages and that depends on very many factors. In other words, it’s hard to predict exactly when someone’s driving will become less safe – age alone is not enough. Revealing symptoms But here are tell-tale signs. […]
The French (France) have gotten rid a while ago of prejudice about seniors and driving. Here is what we find as an introductory statement on the website of their Road Safety Association: Other excerpts are just as interesting on that site: So what should you do, according to the French, to keep driving safely as […]