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Assess Your Driving Skills

One of the most important things seniors can do to maintain their driving independence is to regularly assess their driving skills and physical and mental abilities in order to pinpoint areas for improvement. Drivers can then take steps to brush up on relevant driving skills – such as merging onto a busy highway – or counteract physical and mental changes in order to continue driving safely.

CAA has sourced two different driving skills assessments for seniors. One is a very simple form that takes about 15 minutes to complete. The other is a fun, interactive online test that takes about 45 minutes. (A partner is needed for the longer test, which provides an opportunity for families to work together.)

In most cases, results will likely identify some areas for improvement. In a few cases, consideration should be given to changing driving habits (such as limiting driving at night), or to driving less or not at all. These tests are not meant to take the place of a medical assessment of readiness to drive. (More information on determining readiness to drive and on consulting a medical professional can be found here.)

Simple Driving Assessment

In this simple assessment tool, seniors can answer questions on a worksheet that will help to evaluate whether they need to take steps to improve their driving skills, and to pinpoint specific areas for improvement. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete the assessment.

Simple Driving Assessment

This fast and simple test will help pinpoint areas for improvement.

Download the Simple Driving Assessment (PDF) »

Roadwise Review Online Assessment

In this interactive online assessment, a variety of visual, mental and physical conditions that can affect driving, such as leg strength and mobility, vision, and reaction times will be tested. For this test, seniors will need a partner to assist with some of the tests, a measuring tape, and their computer mouse. This test, which will take approximately 45 minutes, will help identify specific areas to work on to improve driving skills.

Roadwise Review Online Assessment

An interactive in-depth assessment, which must be done with a partner, can provide helpful feedback on driving skills.

Launch the In-Depth Driving Assessment »

Professional Assessments

You may decide to seek a professional assessment if you have noticed some of your skills needed for safe driving are not as strong as they used to be. For example, you may not be seeing as well, reacting more slowly, or losing flexibility or strength that makes some driving manoeuvres challenging.

An assessment can help you find out how your driving has been affected and if you could benefit from a referral to rehabilitation. Your doctor may complete the assessment or may refer you to an occupational therapist, a private company, or a clinic that specializes in driving assessment and evaluation.

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