Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task involving factors such as perception, judgement and reasonable physical capability. A range of medical and age-related conditions, as well as treatments, may impair many of these factors thereby increasing the risk of being involved in a crash.
If you have any concerns about your ability to drive being affected by health conditions, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible, and if necessary, report the condition to Queensland Transport.
Drivers who are 75 years or older, as well as drivers with medical conditions that affect their ability to drive, are required to obtain a medical certificate from their medical practitioner in order to continue driving.
RACQ’s Driver Education team provides a post-licence Driver Assessment Service. The driver assessment service is a 50-minute, one-on-one practical appraisal that covers: driving skills and behaviours, application of road rules in traffic conditions, and hazards that drivers may come across in their every-day driving.
RACQ's Older Driver Self-Assessment Questionnaire covers a range of issues related to safe driving.
As we age it’s common to find that the things we find important change as well - and driving and our choice of vehicle are no different. This fact sheet provides some useful information to consider when selecting your next vehicle.
As you age, your vision can diminish. If you are unable to see properly, you are unable to drive safely. It is therefore important that you have regular vision checks (at least once every two years) with your optometrist or ophthalmologist in order to ensure that your vision remains at a sufficient standard to drive safely.
In Queensland, older people account for a significant proportion of the pedestrian road toll each year, making them a high-risk age group for pedestrian crashes.