Are there screening and assessment tools that will help me know what changes I should make in my driving habits?

Several free tools are available for older adults, their family members, and caregivers to identify at-risk older drivers. The scores often correlate positively with on-road driving scores and clinical assessments. While a self-assessment cannot solely determine if the person is a safe driver, it may prompt the person to be more open to a conversation with healthcare providers and others.

A short self-assessment that you can complete with an older driver may be useful to determine if a change in driving habits or a deeper assessment is needed. Any one of the following short assessments may indicate that additional assessment and planning may be necessary.

The following self-assessments are comprehensive and can help confirm whether an individual can benefit from consulting a medical professional or driving rehabilitation specialist to help ensure their safety on the road.

  • The Driving Decisions Workbook is an assessment tool that correlates with on-road driving scores and includes tests of functional ability.
  • Roadside Review takes users through a series of brief tasks that examine a person’s vision, reaction time, and other measures related to driving safety.

While a self-assessment can get things started, you should also consider professional assessments and evaluations. Sometimes an external assessment will be more effective if your loved one doesn’t want to hear this from you. Driving rehabilitation specialists are specifically trained to identify steps to take now to improve safety on the road, how drivers might modify their vehicles for increased safety, and advise when an older driver might want to stop driving.

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