Evaluate your driving skills
Research indicates the majority of older drivers begin to restrict their driving on their own. For instance, they may decide it is no longer safe to drive at night or when roads and highways are congested. A skills assessment is a tool to help older drivers determine whether it is wise for them to limit or discontinue driving. There are a number if self-assessment forms that can help seniors make good decisions about driving including the following.
- American Medical Association (AMA) has a safe driver checklist. To view, click here or visit the AMA's Web site at http://www.ama-assn.org.
- AAA Roadwise Review: A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer is a screening tool available on CD-ROM. To view, click here or visit the AAA's Web site at http://www.aaapublicaffairs.com.
- NHTSA's How Is Your Driving Health? provides a self-awareness checklist and tips for driving safely longer. To view, click here or visit NHTSA's Web site at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
- Self-rating form for drivers 55+ is an online tool that helps identify driving problem areas. To view, click here or visit the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's Web site at http://www.aaafoundation.org.
- University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's Driving Decisions Workbook increases drivers' self-awareness and general knowledge about driving-related declines in abilities and remediation strategies for extending safe driving. To view, click here or visit http://www.umtri.umich.edu/library/pdf/2000-14.pdf.
- NHTSA's publication "Safe Driving for Older Adults" helps drivers assess if physical changes have affected their driving skills. To view, click here or visit NHTSA's Web site at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.