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Older drivers

As we age we generally adapt well to any loss or reduction in sensory abilities, such as vision and hearing. However, increasing age may affect our physical fragility, perception of and response to hazards and our ability to recover from injury.

Safe driving tips for older drivers

  • If you feel at any time that you are not in a fit state to drive, then do not drive. If you feel your health and general fitness are not sufficient to continue driving, you should consult your doctor.
  • Always wear a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt doubles your chances of surviving a serious crash. The law requires all drivers and passengers to wear a seatbelt or child restraint, regardless of age.
  • Take extra care at intersections and avoid distractions. The common crash types for older drivers are right turn crashes and crashes due to disobeying a traffic signal or sign.
  • Check the safety rating of your vehicle. While older drivers have relatively few crashes, they are much more likely to be severely injured or killed in a crash. A car with an ANCAP 5 star safety rating could provide increased protection if a crash occurs.
  • Consider public transport. Some more hazardous or unfamiliar trips might be better undertaken by alternative transport rather than driving. Choosing to use alternative transport compares favourably to the annual cost of running a car, especially when transport discounts and concessions are taken into account. Often using alternative transport is less stressful and is more convenient, especially when travelling to major shopping centres or to the city of Adelaide.

Moving Right Along workshops

Moving Right Along: Obligations and Opportunities for Older Drivers is a program that encourages safer, greener and more active travel for older South Australians.

Workshops and a series of information sheets are available on: 

  • maintaining the ability to drive safely and effectively for longer
  • the effects that ageing, medical conditions and medications have on driving
  • maintaining mobility and preparing to drive less or giving up driving altogether
  • helping a family member or friend face the issue of reducing or giving up driving
  • fitness to drive, the Driver Medical Assessment and Practical Driving Assessment
  • the legal obligations of licensed drivers in South Australia
  • motorised mobility scooters.

Deciding to no longer drive

As we get older a day may come when we decide that we can no longer drive safely.

Please contact your doctor to discuss your fitness to drive or contact  Service SA if you wish to cancel your driver's licence.

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