What Do I Need to Know about Driving in Canada?

As we age we may be more likely to develop health issues that can impact our ability to drive safely, like vision problems. However, not all seniors have conditions affecting their ability to drive.  In fact, decades of statistics show that senior dries crash less often, per kilometre, than teens.

Older drivers habits’ tend to promote safety.  They are more likely to use seat belts, follow speed limits, avoid driving at night or texting while driving.

While driving skills may decline with age, it is not always the case, and there are other factors such as health and medication that may affect a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely.

Currently, every province has different requirements and expectations for seniors and the rules governing driving can frequently change.

How is CARP Advocating?

CARP believes that driving retesting should be based on criteria such as driving history, medical conditions, and driving behaviour. In summary, regular testing for drivers is a good idea, but it should be based on objective criteria and not age alone. It is ageism – unfair and discriminatory –  to assume that a person’s age alone is a sufficient reason for retesting.

How Can I Get Involved?

There are many ways to get involved.  Find out more.