Several free tools are available for older patients, 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 whether the person is a safe driver, it may prompt the person to be more open to a conversation with healthcare providers and others concerned about the aging adult’s driving.
A short self-assessment that you can complete with an older driver may be useful to determine if a change in driving habits or deeper assessment is needed. Any one of the following short assessments may indicate that additional assessment and planning may be necessary.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Driving Safely while Aging Gracefully includes a self-assessment.
- Test Your Driving IQ asks drivers to answer ten questions about today’s driving environment and how they react to driving on today’s roads.
- The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Quiz asks a person to respond to 15 statements about driving situations and gives suggestions based on the person’s answers.
- Plan For the Road's Assess Your Driving Skills And Fitness offers an older driver safety questionnaire, safer driving workbook, and fitness to drive screening.
The following self-assessments are comprehensive and can be helpful in confirming 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 in which scores correlate with on-road driving scores and includes tests of functional ability.
- SAFER Driving Survey is a web-based tool that focuses on the health concerns of older drivers that may be due to medical conditions and medications and calculates the effects of these concerns on critical driving skills. The goal is to improve safety for the older driver.
- 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, it is advisable to consider a 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 help identify steps you can take now to improve your safety on the road, how you might modify your car for increased safety, and to advise on when an older road user might want to stop driving. What to Expect When You Are Referred to a Driving Rehabilitation Specialist? will help you and the one you care for understand the assessment process and how it can inform planning. Be sure to check costs for assessments and evaluations so that you can plan accordingly. To find a Driving Rehabilitation Specialist near you, refer to the My State Info page. You may also want to refer to the Guide to Comprehensive Driving Evaluations for more information.