Resources for mature motorists
Traffic safety is vital for drivers of all ages, but adults 55 and older may experience physical changes that affect their ability to drive. Mature motorists can help prolong their driving years by learning to sharpen their reflexes and maintain mobility. AAA offers the following numerous traffic safety and educational programs that aim to help keep mature drivers safely behind the wheel.
AAA’s Roadwise Driver online course is geared toward helping older drivers understand age-related changes they may experience and how to adjust their driving accordingly. This interactive training includes brain training and assessments.
Classroom courses available in select areas
In-car programs available in select areas
This audit is available to members of the Automobile Club of Southern California and AAA Northern New England. It takes the driver along a route that gives the instructor an opportunity to observe performance in various situations. Audits are available to members at select locations, and last no more than 90 minutes each. Instructors may suggest in-car training that is:
- Conducted one on one with a AAA, state-licensed driving instructor
- Available to members in California
- Available to members and non-members in Northern New England
- Held at the same place as the audit and based on instructor availability
This program offers adults 55 and older the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. Technicians guide participants through a 12-point checklist to correctly adjust mirror positions, the distance between their chest and the steering wheel, and other vehicle features.
AAA is dedicated to keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible. AAA Senior Driving offers a comprehensive collection of resources for mature drivers and their loved ones, including information on vehicle features that optimize comfort and safety, how medications can affect driving, and how to start a conversation with a maturing driver.
How can you address the problem of an elderly parent's unsafe driving? This is how one family handled the situation.
These basic steps might help pave the way for any needed changes in an older adult’s driving routine.