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Keeping Aging Drivers Driving Safely

Families and friends of aging drivers will find the information and resources to help keep their loved ones safe on the road. Topics such as driving self-assessments for aging drivers, health concerns, and the process for confidentially referring a driver for a driver reexamination are discussed here.

    • Michigan's Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families

      This guide is a resource for Michigan's aging drivers, their family members, and caregivers, helping them to understand how aging and age-related changes in health status affect the ability to drive safely. It also provides references to additional information and services.

       

    • Michigan's Driver License Requirements

      This is a link to the requirements for a Michigan Driver's License. All motorists must have a valid driver's license to drive on Michigan's public roads. They are issued for up to four years and expire on the driver's birthday.


    • AARP Smart DriverTEK Workshop

      A free 90 minute workshop to learn all about the latest high-tech safety features in your current car, or what technology to look for when shopping for a new car. The safety benefits of blind spot warning systems, forward collision warnings and more.

       

    • Driving Decisions Workbook

      This workbook will help drivers learn about age-related changes in abilities and habits that could affect safe driving. After individuals respond to questions about themselves, feedback is provided about what various changes may mean for driving and what can be done to increase safety.

       

    • SAFER Driver: The Enhanced Driving Decisions Workbook

      This online workbook will help drivers think more carefully about health concerns they may be experiencing that could affect safe driving. After responding to questions, customized feedback is provided about what various concerns may mean for driving and what can be done to increase safety.

    • Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure Online

      A web-based tool for caregivers and/or family members of older drivers and occupational therapy practitioners (OT) to identify at-risk older drivers. Caregivers and/or family members who have driven with the driver in the last three months, can rate a driver's difficulties with 54 driving skills. through this on-line screening. Based on the specific driver category, recommendations are given as follow-up steps.

       

    • Disability License Plates and Parking

      The site provides information about the eligibility requirements for Michigan disability license plates and both permanent and temporary disability parking placards. Links are provided to application forms and an informational brochure.

     

    The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) Disabilities and Driving Fact Sheets

     Arthritis  Amputation
     ASD  ADHD
     Aging  Cerebral Palsy
     Alzheimer's  Novice Drivers with Disabilities
    Multiple Sclerosis   Non-Verbal Learning Disability
    Parkinson's  Stroke
    Spinal Cord Injury   Spina Bifida  
    Traumatic Brain Injury   Vision  

     

    NHTSA Fact Sheets and Videos: Driving when you have...

     Alzheimer’s  PDF  Video
     Arthritis  PDF  Video
     Cataracts  PDF  
     Diabetes  PDF  Video
     Glaucoma  PDF  
     Parkinson's    Video
     Vision Disorders    Video

    • CDC Medicine Risk Fact Sheet 

      Prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines (OTC), dietary supplements, and even some herbal products can cause side effects that increase your risk of a fall or motor vehicle crash. Use this fact sheet, from the CDC, to identify medicines that put you at risk, potential side effects, and questions to ask your doctor.