Growing older doesn’t always mean your ability to drive declines. Older drivers today are overall healthier than they were decades ago, and advancements in car features have enhanced safety and comfort.
Safe driving — at any age — means staying alert on the road and educated off the road. Here are two helpful resources to help you do just that:
- Driver refresher courses. Available for a fee, these courses keep you up-to-date on rules and hazards of the roads. They also provide tips to help avoid accidents. Programs are typically available for a fee, but may reduce your auto insurance. Before you take a course, check with your insurance carrier to see if the program qualifies for a reduced rate.
- Car-fit educational programs. These programs ensure your vehicle is properly adjusted for your comfort and safety. Learn more by visiting www.car-fit.org.
Other best practices include:
- Stay physically active. It helps with your strength and flexibility.
- Keep current with vision and hearing tests.
- Understand the possible side effects of medications.
- Avoid driving if extra tired or upset.
- Be attune to weather forecasts and road conditions.
Find the joy: The ability to get in a car and go anywhere is a luxury we often take for granted. Whether you’re a passenger or behind the wheel, find the joy in going to places. Take your time. Enjoy the scenery. Appreciate the little moments between point A and point B.
Reporting of Medical Conditions May Trigger an Evaluation of Driving
Did you know it is the responsibility of health care personnel in Pennsylvania to report a patient’s medical condition that could impair their ability to safely drive a car?
These reports help PennDOT assess if people with a driver’s license are medically qualified to drive. When this happens, a report triggers an evaluation process. PennDOT reviews the information on file and may reach out to you for additional information. PennDOT can then decide to place a restriction on your driver’s license or ask you to complete a driver’s examination. If the medical condition can be corrected or controlled with surgery or medication, it is possible to have the driver’s license restored.
If you find yourself in this situation, you will need to contact PennDOT for information about what you need to do to reapply for your license. Your healthcare provider should be able to tell you if your condition is temporary or can be controlled with medication. Learn more.
Note, on average, people outlive their ability to safely drive by 8-10 years. Plan now to continue accessing the places you need and desire to go. Visit TroveStreet’s Explore Other Transportation Options section.
TroveStreet is Here to Help
Take advantage of our free TroveStreet Planning Tool, which you can access directly in your dashboard or download as a PDF. Want someone to walk you through it? Sign up for our Aging Navigation & Plan Creation package and a TroveStreet navigator will be by your side through the process.