Resources for older drivers

Older drivers driving in automobile
Photo courtesy of AAA Foundation
for Traffic Safety

  • The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has a website, Senior, devoted specifically to older drivers and driving safety.
  • AARP 55 ALIVE Driver Safety Program is the nation's largest classroom driver improvement course for older drivers. Open to AARP members and nonmembers, the course helps drivers refine skills and develop defensive driving techniques.
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, research and communications organization provides several resources for information on older drivers including facts on traffic fatalities and driver's licensing requirements.
  • "Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully" brochure produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • "Safe Driving for Older Adults" brochure is designed to help older adults determine if physical and mental changes have affected their driving skills. The brochure, which is based on NHTSA's "Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully" brochure, is written with a larger type font, and provides helpful tips about what senior citizens can do to remain safe drivers for as long as possible. Child safety seat and seat belt guidelines are also included for older adults who drive with children or young adults.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Older Road Users home page.
  • More than 4 million people in the U.S. are afflicted with dementia, with Alzheimer's Disease being the most common form. Deciding when to limit or stop driving can be a confusing issue for individuals diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., the MIT Age Lab and Connecticut Community Care, Inc., have developed a guide to Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and Driving as a tool to help individuals and caregivers determine when it is time to stop driving.