Your health & driving

Health and driving is closely linked

Ageing brings physical and mental change. While these changes can and do have an effect on your driving skills, getting older does not automatically make you a poor driver - nor does it mean that you will lose your licence.

Health and driving is closely linked

You have control over lifestyle choices that may affect your health, which in turn affects your driving.

Physical and mental fitness

Ageing has an effect on our physical mobility. Staying fit and active will help you maintain the flexibility and strength you need to drive safely.

No matter what your condition or age, there is some type of exercise or activity will benefit you. You could try:

  • Walking 
  • Gardening 
  • Bowling 
  • Shopping 
  • Dancing 
  • Aquarobics 
  • Lifting weights

The important thing is to be active and do what you find comfortable. Ask your physician about the types of activities that would be suitable for you - be sure to consult them before beginning any new exercise program.

Mental exercise is important - reading, word or number puzzles and jigsaw puzzles sharpen your visual search skills.

For more information, visit the Health and Medicals section.

Safe driving tips

  • Turning your head to see behind you can be difficult if you have stiff joints. Install large side mirrors and/or a panoramic mirror on your vehicle.
  • As your muscles lose strength, turning the steering wheel can get harder. Don't swing wide on turns to compensate. Drive a vehicle with power steering. If you still have trouble, try using a turning knob. 
  • Avoid being distracted by tired muscles and sore joints by being well-rested before driving. If on a long drive, stop frequently to rest. 
  • Give yourself time to react by staying at least three seconds behind the car in front of you. Watch out for other drivers and anticipate danger.


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