Driving is central to an independent life, but safety is always the first consideration. When aging and vision loss make driving risky, the decision to give up the car keys can be very painful and difficult. This section looks at some of the considerations in deciding when it is time to stop driving, how to break the news to older drivers, and tips for increasing safety.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) —Senior Site
How to know when to have a discussion with an aging parent; some of the questions to think about before hand.
An overview of bioptic lenses, which allow drivers with some central vision to continue driving safely and legally.
American Optometric Association
Age-related vision changes that commonly affect seniors' driving; tips for maximizing safety, especially when driving at night.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Symptoms of declining vision connected with the aging process; suggestions for older drivers experiencing them.
National Institute on Aging
How age can affect driving, including changes in vision. Includes driving tips, safety questions to ask onself or an older family member, and additional resources.
American Medical Association
A research-backed guide for physicians in evaluating the ability of older people to continue driving. Includes an assessment tool, information on conditions that can impact driving ability, advice for counseling patients, and more.
The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence
The benefits of a comprehensive driving evaluation, what to expect during the exam, how to find a licensed professional.
Driving for Seniors Who are Losing Vision: Organizations & Resources to Explore
Overview of bioptic driving requirements, fitting and pricing, with state-by-state laws for bioptic drivers in the United States.
How to initiate productive and caring conversations with older adults who may need to stop driving. A worksheet on Warning Signs for Older Drivers is included.