How Aging Affects Driving - Driving Safely - Planning Ahead - Resources for Drivers
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles provides information on driver licensing, renewal, and medical review. For information specific to the medical review program, including contact information for the medical review unit, visit their Medical Review webpage.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
NCDHHS offers information on transportation alternatives for older adults throughout the state, including both medical and non-medical transportation services and customer service contact information.
AAA Senior Driving
The AAA Senior Driver website includes valuable articles and tools to help individuals drive safely for as long as possible.
Resources available on this site include:
- self-evaluation tools
- information on professional evaluation
- information on age-related changes that can affect driving
- articles and tools to improve driving skills
- information on car features for older drivers
- licensing information by state
Additionally, they link to:
- The CarFit program, which is designed to improve the fit between an individual and their car for improved safety
AARP Driver Safety
The AARP Driver Safety website offers specific programs and resources that AARP has developed or participated in developing. These resources include their Driver Safety Course, the CarFit Program, and general information on topics related to older driver safety.
The AARP Driver Safety Course is an online or in-person course that is aimed at improving the safety of mature drivers. These courses specifically target challenging driving situations for aging drivers.
The CarFit Program is an in-person clinic with the goal of improving the fit between an individual and their car to maintain and improve safety.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence publishes guidebooks for seniors, including some about safe driving. These guidebooks explore specific topics in depth and are a good resource for individuals and their families.
In particular, the guidebook, In the Driver's Seat: A Guide to Vehicle Safety Technology, offers information about how vehicle technology can help drivers can continue to drive safely for as long as possible. You can access this guidebook directly here: In the Driver's Seat: A Guide to Vehicle Safety Technology.
Another useful guidebook for older drivers is, Your Road Ahead, A Guide to Comprehensive Driving Evaluations. This guidebook describes the benefits of having your driving evaluated by an occupational therapist with specialized training. The guidebook also offers information about choosing an occupational therapist and what to expect. To access the guidebook directly, click here: Your Road Ahead: A Guide to Comprehensive Driving Evaluations.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration - Older Drivers
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has a webpage for older drivers that includes useful resources. In particular, they’ve published short information sheets on various medical conditions and how those conditions might affect driving. The Medical Conditions section, includes topics such as Alzheimers, Arthritis, Cataracts, Diabetes, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Stroke, Sleep Apnea, and Parkinsons.
American Optometric Association
The American Optometric Association has created information specific to different age groups on their Good Vision for Life webpage. The webpage for adults over the age of 60 includes information on age-related eye and vision problems, how to continue driving safely, and how to cope with vision changes.