All drivers find themselves in some driving situations that are risky.
Here are some strategies that can be used to reduce the risk:
have regular medical checkups and ask your medical doctor about your ability to return to driving
driver rehabilitation may be recommended to help you regain your driving skills
vehicle modifications, such as a left-sided gas pedal may be recommended
choose a vehicle that is easier to drive, such as one with an automatic transmission or power options like adjustable seats
make sure your vehicle is in good working condition
make sure your seat, steering wheel and mirror are properly adjusted
limit driving at night, in bad weather, during rush hour or on limited access highways
be careful when changing lanes, making a left-hand turn or merging into traffic
maintain a safe following distance
take breaks if you are driving a long distance
have regular medical checkups
make sure you know how your medications might affect your ability to drive safely
* an occupational therapist or a certified driver rehabilitation specialist can evaluate driving, develop programs to improve safe driving, or help find alternative transportation.
* a driver information session or refresher course may be useful.
The creation of this website was part of the National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers project that was funded by the Population Health Fund, Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists®.
All Rights Reserved.