Driving may be tougher than you normally think of it. One example is coming up to an intersection and the signal light turns yellow:
- Your eyes must see it
- Your brain must realize a decision needs to be made
- You must make a decision on whether you should stop based on past experience, knowledge of timing and distance, & awareness of your surroundings, and finally
- Your body must engage to enact the decision to stop by activating your muscles, lift your leg and press on the brake.
All this happens within just a few SECONDS!
Aging can affect your driving, but more importantly health affects your driving! Many older drivers don’t face serious medical conditions or functional limitations that affect their driving, but ALL drivers need to know your risks, how to manage your risks, and be familiar with resources to help! These webpages are to help direct you, your family and professionals to the information necessary to consider for aging and potential effects on ability to drive safely.
Age alone does not make unsafe drivers, and licensing is NOT determined by a diagnoses. If someone questions whether you are medically qualified to drive, MVA focuses on functional ability … not age or disease … and provides an individual review on fitness to drive.
- Helpful Tips for Older Drivers
- Helpful Tips for Family & Friends of an Older Driver
- Helpful Tips for Health Care Professionals of Older Drivers
- Senior Driving and Health– Resource for Physicians & Patients
- Medications & Driving
- Maryland Older Driver Safety Symposium
- Maryland Older Driver Statistics
- Additional Resources