Driving is how older adults prefer to get around. Most people 65 years and older change how they drive as they age, choosing to drive only during daylight hours, limiting where they drive, or cutting back on how often they drive. It is important to plan ahead and take the necessary steps to ensure older drivers remain safe while behind the wheel. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) implemented the Age Well, Drive Smart program to assist older drivers and their families with this issue. The program was designed to provide older drivers with the tools to remain safe on the road.
At times, driving appears to be relatively easy, but in fact it is a complex skill. The ability to drive safely is affected by changes in our physical and mental conditions. Many of these changes take place as we get older, though in different ways and at different times.
“Even after several decades of operating a vehicle, it is important for older drivers to refresh their driving skills,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Our senior driving course is designed to teach motorists how to enjoy safe driving well into their golden years.”
The CHP invites California’s older drivers to attend a free Age Well, Drive Smart class that provides older drivers the tools to driving safer and driving longer. The class is approximately two hours and is offered at local CHP offices as well as many senior centers within the community. The class is a great way for seniors to educate themselves, evaluate their driving abilities, and improve their driving skills.
If you or a family member would like to attend a free Age Well, Drive Smart class, contact your local CHP office. To locate an office near you, visit www.chp.ca.gov.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.