Nationwide Driving Resources

Regardless of where you live in the country, these resources provide you with driving self-assessment methods, online tools to find a driving rehabilitation specialist, help you maximize safety on the road, and find transportation alternatives to driving.  Our California Driving Resources page provides similar information specific to California.

Find information on how Parkinson's affects driving, tips to help you discuss with a loved one that it may be time for them to stop driving, and how MDs assess a person's ability to drive safety on our Driving and PD page.

Seniors and Driving | Self-Assessments of Driving Ability | Find a Driving Rehabilitation Specialist | Maximize Safety on the Road | Transportation After Driving Retirement

Seniors and Driving

Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully 

Published by the National Highway Trffic Safety Association

This series of eight web pages outlines the physical effects of aging, as well as tips on coping with them so that you remain a safe driver as long as you can.

Older Adult Drivers

Published by Centers for Disease Control

Content of this lengthy webpage includes the problem of older drivers, who is most at risk, preventing older driver injuries and death, steps to stay safe on the road, CDC resources, other resources, publications and references. 

Plan For the Road Ahead

Published by Anne E. Dickerson, Project Director of the ECU Older Adult Driver Initiative (ROADI)

Information about aging changes that affect driving, tools to assess your driving and make a plan for transportation in the absense of driving.  Also includes conversation starters for families.

Senior Driving Guide for Seniors and Older Adults

Published by

This lengthy webpage contains a snapshot of older American drivers, considerations for how age affects driving, safe driving tips, defensive driving courses, information about license renewal and special licenses, insurance rates and discounts, car buying tips, when to stop driving, alternative transportation and family support, and references to more online information about seniors and driving.

Senior Transportation Mobility Planner

Published by the American Automobile Association, 2021

This 7-page PDF includes tips for mental and physical fitness to drive safely as long as possible, how to build comfort in using alternatives to driving, and useful resources, like driver refresher cources, written plans for driving retirement, and professional driving assessments.

Self-Assessments of Driving Ability

Driver's 65 Plus: Check Your Performance

Published by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

This 11-page downloadable PDF features a 15-question self-rating driving assessment exercise designed to help you examine your driving performance. After answering the questions, follow the instructions to calculate your score and get information about your driving performance. The driving assessment will list your strengths and weaknesses, along with suggestions for how to improve your driving.

Older Drive Safety and Transition -- for the Mature Driver

Published by the National Center on Senior Transportation.

This six page booklet suggests what older drivers can do to assure ongoing safety as a driver.  Suggestions include self assessment or professional driving assessment, take a driving refresher course, ensure you are driving the right car for you, change your driving habits to meet your changing abilities, and make a mobility plan for when you stop driving.  Resources to put each suggestion into action are provided.

Find a Driving Rehabilitation Specialist

Note: private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare do not pay for driver evaluations. Possible sources for coverage include vocational rehabilitation programs, independent living programs, workers compensation benefit payments, or private pay.

Contact your local rehabilitation hospital's occupational therapy department for information on OTs who are driving specialists.

Directory of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists

Published by Association for Driver Rehabilition Specialists

Nationwide directory of ADRS members. Look for "Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists" or "Driver Rehabilitation Specialists."

Find a Driving Specialist

Published by the American Occupational Therapy Association

This search tool allows you to find occupational therapists trained to evaluate driving in your area of the country.

Note, the tool has a glitch.  You will not get any results if you enter 'Unknown' in either of the last two search parameters.

Maximize Safety on the Road

AAA Online Roadwise Driver Course

Published by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Online driver safety course designed to help you hone your driving skills, learn about new vehicle technology, and offers driving tips to be a better, safer driver.  Discounted for AAA members.

After successfully completing the course those with AAA auto insurance will receive a auto insurance premium discount.  People with auto insurance through other providers may also be eligible for an auto insurance premium discount.  Check with your insurance provider for details.

AARP Online Driver Safety Course

Published by the American Association of Retired Persons

Online older driver safety course offered for a fee (usually $29.95). The course covers the effects of medication on driving, how to reduce driver distractions, how to maintain proper following distance, proper use of safety technology found in cars today, techniques for handling left turns, right-of-way, and roundabouts, age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate.  Note that successful completion of course may lead to lower auto insurance premium. 

CarFit: Helping Mature Drivers Find Their Safest Fit

A collaboration of AAA, AARP, and AOTA

Find the right car and any aids needed for safe driving.

Drive Sharp Brain Training

Published by Brain HQ

Online brain training to improve processing speed and accuracy when you drive. Drive Sharp includes two exercises: Visual Edge and Steer Clear.

Visual Edge improves visual processing speed and "useful field of view"—how much of a scene you can take in with a quick glance. When driving, this helps you notice things in your peripheral vision more quickly, so you can react faster and avoid an accident.

Steer Clear exercises the ability to track multiple moving objects. Behind the wheel, this skill helps you keep an eye on the many cars, pedestrians, and other objects moving around.

It takes about 6-10 hours to complete Drivesharp.

A Guide to Driving Safely: Information, Resources, and Technology

Published by Verizon

This blog post talks about often-ignored laws, recognizing common collision factors, and health concerns that may affect driving. It explains the immediate consequences of ignoring road safety as well as the more lasting effects, and offers additional resources for at-risk drivers (new drivers, seniors, and teens).

Transportation After Driving Retirement

Eldercare Locator's Transportation Database

Searchable database of transportation alternatives. (topic=transportation)

Transportation: What Caregivers Need to Know

Published by the American Association of Retired Persons, June 17, 2022

This comprehensive webpage lists a variety of transportation options that can lessen the burden on caregivers and help older and disabled people keep appointments and stay socially connected.

Last updated January 2023 by Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach.