Keeping Older Drivers Driving

Candrive, a Canadian research program aimed at improving the safety and quality of life of older drivers is now into its sixth year of activity.

Candrive’s primary research goal is, through a 5-year cross-Canada study of older drivers, to determine the key factors that impact their driving safety. Study investigators propose to recruit 1000 older drivers, aged 70 and older, from seven Canadian cities. The study will be comparing the characteristics of older drivers with their driving performance. The results of this study will assist Candrive researchers in determining the risk factors that are associated with older driver involvement in motor vehicle crashes. Results from this study will help with the development of an in-office decision tool to help physicians identify older drivers who may need further assessment of their driving ability. The decision tool, by identifying high risk drivers, will allow physicians to confirm the majority of older drivers are safe to drive.

Interested in Participating? Please call us if you:

1. Are able to visit the study clinic in Toronto, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Victoria or Montreal. 2. Are 70 years of age or older and have a valid general driver’s licence. 3. Own a vehicle which you drive at least four times a week. 4. Have a family physician. 5. Are fluent in English.

What Will Be Required?

1. Yearly assessment (2-2 ½ hours) at the study clinic for each of the 5 years of the study – including an interview about your health, function and driving habits, as well as an examination of your physical and thinking abilities. 2. Short clinic visits (½ hour) at 4 months and 8 months. 3. Small information collecting device installed into your car to record details about your driving habits. 4. Permission to get copies of your driving records. 5. Participation is voluntary. The information collected will only be used for the purposes of the study and will be kept strictly confidential.

If you are interested or want more information

Please contact the Candrive Research Office toll-free at 1-866-233-1133 or visit their website at