Watch NRMA Safer Driving discuss senior driving and assessments on A Current Affair.
Driving is not just about getting from one place to another; often it is about how we conduct our lives. Losing the ability to drive or choosing to limit where we drive can mean losing more than just transportation. It can mean losing our independence.
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Everything senior drivers need to know about the licensing system
75 years and older
In NSW and ACT, drivers are required to have an annual medical examination to retain their licence once they reach 75.
What to expect:
85 years and older
In NSW, upon approaching your 85th birthday and every two years after that, you must decide whether you would like to keep your unrestricted driver's licence or opt to switch to a modified licence.
What is an unrestricted driver's licence?
Opting for an unrestricted driver's licence means you are required to complete a practical Driving Test or Assessment to maintain your existing licence.
What is a 'modified' licence?
Senior drivers may opt for a modified licence on renewal. Through negotiations with the RMS the conditions of your licence could be modified. For example a 'home to town' condition could be put in place. Modified licence holders will not be required to undertake a Driving Test or Assessment.
What is the difference between a Driving Test and Driving Assessment?
Benefits of taking your Assessment with NRMA Safer Driving School
You can feel relaxed and in trusted hands from the minute we arrive. NRMA Safer Driving School offers more than just an Assessment. You can opt for a combined Refresher and Assessment when making your booking. This allows the instructor extra time to settle your nerves and ensure you are in a relaxed environment before entering into the assessment. It also provides your instructor the opportunity to identify areas for improvement early on in the session and postpone the formal assessment if required and book in for some follow up refresher lessons.
You can be assured that NRMA has your best interests at heart and keeping you safe on our rapidly changing road conditions is our number one priority. Our friendly instructors are trained to build your confidence and assist you to retain your licence.
Prepare and be confident
Why not opt to have a Refresher Lesson before your Driving Test or Assessment to ensure you are well prepared.
Refresher Lessons update you on the latest road rules, provide feedback on areas for improvement and increase your knowledge of what the "fail items" are should you choose to undertake a Driving Test with the motor registry.
To book a Refresher Lesson or your Driving Assessment with NRMA Safer Driving School call 1300 696 762