Older drivers

Statistics tell us that the crash rate for older drivers is relatively low due to the fact that most older drivers tend to self-regulate by taking simple but important precautions.

Overview

Many older drivers are able to self determine if they should drive based on their mental and physical ability. There is no age at which driving privileges are revoked, however persons 75 or older have to renew their drivers license in person at an RMV Service Center to take an eye test. You can also present a Vision Screening Certificate rather than take an eye test.

You may have medical limitations that affect your driving, which you must self-report to the RMV when renewing your drivers license. You can discuss with your physician in getting adaptive equipment to assist in driving. You can also apply for a disability plate or placard through the RMV.

You can contact AAA or AARP, as well as professional driving schools, to undergo a driving evaluation to help you determine if you should stop driving.

Additional Resources

Warning signs of unsafe driving

You may want to consider driving less or not at all if you have difficulty:

  • seeing clearly in dusk and dark
  • with vehicle headlights obstructing your sight
  • with passing vehicles intimidating you
  • reading road signs
  • following detours or seeing police on detail
  • seeing train crossing signals or hearing train whistles
  • keeping up with the posted speed limit
  • concentrating or staying alert behind the wheel
  • hearing other vehicles
  • with driving basics like seat belts or head lights
  • with parking
  • with slow reaction times or reflexes

Safe Driving Workshops & Travel Instruction Training

Safe Driving Workshops

The RMV offers free, one-hour safe driving workshops across the state. For more information, see the RMV's Safe Driving Presentation schedule or contact the phone number below:

(857) 368-9457

Travel Instruction Training

The MBTA offers free travel instruction training to help seniors and people with disabilities travel independently on the bus, train, and commuter rail.

 

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Resources for caregivers

You can request a medical evaluation for another driver by filling out and signing the Request for Medical Evaluation form. The report must contain the name and address or name and telephone number of the complaining party. The report must contain identification of the individual whose driving ability is being questioned, including the name and at least one of the following: social security number, license, date of birth, and address. In addition, the report must contain the reason for the complaint and/or a description of the supposed functional limitation.

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