Elderly motorists can test if fit to drive

Watch: A closer look — Elderly drivers in Quebec

MONTREAL — Quebecers are living longer — and driving longer, and many are concerned that this may have an impact on road safety.

According to the CAA, as we get older, our physical and mental abilities change, and our vision, hearing and ability to react quickly can have an affect on our driving.

As these changes can happen slowly over time, often motorists don’t realize their ability to drive has been affected.

  • Have you been issued two or more traffic tickets or warnings in the past two years?
  • Have you been involved in two or more collisions or “near-misses” in the past two years?
  • Do you have difficulty working the brake and gas pedals?
  • Do you sometimes miss stop signs and other traffic signals?
  • Do you weave between or straddle lanes?
  • Do other drivers honk at you or pass you frequently?
  • Do you get lost or disoriented easily, even in familiar places?

If you answer yes to one or more of the above signs, you may need to consider taking a driving assessment to tell whether you’re fit to drive.

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Take the CAA driving assessment here.

In addition to its driving skills tests, the CAA has put together some top tips for maintaining driving skills and a pre-driving checklist to maximize vision and control.

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