Factors affect safe driving by older adults
Age alone does not tell you who should or should not drive. But some age-related health conditions do affect driving. When health conditions affect your driving, consider adjusting your driving, taking a driver safety course or letting others help out with transportation.
Let drivers know if you are concerned. Always be there for support. Be respectful, and say: “I am concerned about your safety and the safety of others.”
Help your loved one ﬁnd alternative solutions to driving. Give gifts or cash that can be used for transportation. Ask family or friends, use public transportation, consider living where you can walk to stores, or call 913-715-8861 about services in Johnson County.
Call to request more information or tips on safe driving and driving rehabilitation programs. Talk to your doctor and others, change your driving habits or take a driving refresher course.
Also check out a few of these resources:
- AARP Driver Information Line 1-888-227-7669. aarpdriversafety.org. Classes, online course option, contacts.
- Americans for Older Driver Safety. afods.org/our-stories. Education and consumer information. CHORUS - Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety. roadsafeseniors.org/about-us. Planning tools, self-assessment, resources.
If you are concerned about a person’s medical or vision conditions affecting their driving, you may fill out a letter of concern form from the Kansas Division of Vehicles to explain why it is unsafe for the person to operate a vehicle. The medical/ vision unit may then send the person a letter containing medical forms to be ﬁlled out by the person’s doctor.
Based on the doctor’s recommendations, a license may be revoked or restricted, a test may be ordered, additional medical information may be requested, or an annual medical reporting requirement may be added to the license. For more information, call 785-368-8971.