The older & wiser drivers.
Perhaps you're a mature driver. Or, maybe someone close to you is. By 2026, one in every five Canadians will be over the age of 65.
Today's seniors are living longer and healthier lives. They're active, and they now have the time to take off and see the world. While age is not an indicator of driving skill, it can be a challenge. CAA wants to help mature drivers stay mobile longer.
The information in this section can help.
How CAA helps aging drivers stay safe on the road.
CAA offers in-car and in-class sessions for senior drivers who are preparing for their mandatory re-testing requirements by the Ministry of Transportation. Find course information and register online.
CAA's policy on senior driving mobility.
CAA believes that rather than limiting the mobility of aging drivers, solutions must be found that meet the needs of all drivers. CAA supports strategies that include developing an ability-based licensing program, road improvements, and education
for aging drivers and their family members to help recognize changing abilities and adapt driving practices appropriately.
Renewing your G driver’s licence at age 80.
Starting at age 80, Ontario drivers must complete a group education course and pass a vision test every two years. Some drivers may also be required to pass a road test. There are four main steps to follow when renewing your driver’s licence.
Tips for families of mature drivers
- Observe the driver. Watch for signs that may indicate that driving abilities are deteriorating and use examples to discuss how they can safely proceed.
- Assess the problem. Persuade the loved one to have a professional evaluate their driving so they can ensure they have the proper skills. CAA offers in-car evaluations in the GTA through CAA Driver Training.
- Encourage independence by providing options. Locate transportation alternatives, such as bus services or taxis.
- Don't be deceitful. Never resort to hiding or “losing” the car keys or disabling the vehicle. Otherwise, you're liable to lose that person's trust.
- Be supportive. The transition period is not always easy for older drivers and quite often leads to depression and withdrawal. Have a plan and support network in place ahead of time.