Keeping Older Drivers on the Road: Driving Refresher Courses

When the person in your care is showing signs that driving may be creating a danger to her or to others, the solution may just be a matter of taking a refresher driving course. This can be a good way for older drivers to polish driving skills and make sure they're current with driving safety regulations. Refresher courses educate older adults about the ways aging can affect driving skills, helping them adapt to these changes so they can drive safely and with confidence.

Many senior and auto safety organizations offer refresher courses, including:

  • AARP, which offers driver safety courses in the classroom and online.
  • The American Automobile Association (AAA), which offers driving safety courses for mature drivers. (Completion of the course can enable older adults to receive deductions on auto insurance.)
  • Your state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which may provide information on driving safety courses in your area. To get in touch with your state DMV, go to State-by-State Driving Laws for the Elderly.
  • Local traffic schools, adult education programs, and local safety councils, which also offer refresher driving courses.

Connie Matthiessen

Constance (Connie) Matthiessen, senior editor, has worked as a healthcare and environmental journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting and has written for WebMD, Consumer Health Interactive, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, BabyCenter. See full bio