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Seniors

How's Your Driving?

Safe Driving for Seniors

Staying mobile is important to the lifestyle of today's seniors. Growing older doesn't mean you have to give up driving. No one will loose their driver's license solely because of age. As we get older, we change, and while the years following the age of 50 can be wonderful, some of us become hard of hearing, others need corrective lenses, and our reflexes may slow down.

For drivers 80 plus

Ontario's Senior Driver's License Renewal Program for drivers 80 years of age and older helps seniors drive safely and be mobile and independent longer.

What happens to my driver's license when I reach 80 years old?

Drivers aged 80 years and older must renew their driver's license every two years. To renew your license, you must pay the applicable licensing fee, complete a vision test, a written test on the rules of the road and signs, and take part in a group education session. Some participants may be required to take a road test.

What is the Group Education Session?

A Group Education Session is 90 minutes long. These sessions give you important information on driver safety. It will also give you the tools to help assess how well you drive, and identify areas where you may be able to improve your driving. It can also help reduce the risk of being in a collision. You will be given information on:

  • The effects of aging on driving
  • Being aware of your own changes that can affect driving
  • Ways to compensate for changes
  • High-risk driving situations for seniors
  • Ways to minimize the risks of a collision
  • Information sources for Seniors

Resources

Canada Safety Council - (613) 739-1535  • Website
CAA - Canadian Automobile Association - (613) 247-0117 • Website 

To find out if your area has special transportation services for seniors call:
Senior's INFOline - 1-888-910-1999