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The ability to drive safely can be negatively affected by a variety of factors beyond a person’s control, such as medical conditions associated with the aging process. Changes in health or physical condition that are likely to affect driving should be reported to MPI’s Driver Fitness department. Seniors are encouraged to observe the following safety tips:

  • Get regular eye checks. Wear appropriate prescription glasses and avoid tinted glasses for night driving.
  • See the doctor regularly and find out as much information as possible about the effects of medication on the ability to drive. It is recommended that driving should be avoided after using a new medication.
  • Never drive when tired or drowsy.
  • Make adjustments to avoid driving in heavy traffic and busy intersections.
  • Try to avoid driving in poor weather conditions or at night.
  • Explore the benefits of the public transportation system or join a car pool. Build a support network of family and friends to help out.
  • Be especially cautious near schools and around vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Learning opportunities

The Older and Wiser Driver is a confidential self-rating form for mature drivers and a resource for advice on a variety of driving situations. Drivers can also test and reinforce their knowledge by trying our online driving quizzes.

The Mature Driver Workshop provides a refresher for older drivers by providing updates on traffic laws and practical advice on how aging can affect one’s driving ability. The classroom workshop may be followed by an optional drive with an instructor. For more information visit Safety Services Manitoba

The Driving Safely community presentation highlights the challenges faced by older adults when making the decision to transition away from driving, adaptations that can be made to continue driving and the options available as alternatives. For more information visit Transportation Options Network for Seniors (TONSrelate).