the traffic, the hazards, the concentration. It can all feel quite overwhelming for some.
Having to limit where we drive, or even worse, losing all our ability to drive, can mean losing more than just the transportation. It can mean losing our independence. So what happens when you turn 75?
In NSW drivers are required to have an annual medical examination to retain their license once they reach 75. Two months before your birthday you will receive a form in which your doctor must complete. If you doctor still deems you medically fit to drive, the form can be handed in to your local RMS. If your doctor has some concerns with your ability to drive safely they may either refer you to another doctor for a second opinion and then to an Older Driver Assessor for a detailed medical assessment and practical driving test.
Once you turn 85 and every two years after, you must choose whether you surrender your driver’s license or choose to switch to a modified license. If you opt to keep your unrestricted license you are required to complete a practical driving test or assessment to maintain your existing license.
If you decide to choose to switch to a modified license this means that some negotiations need to be made between yourself and RMS in regards to the restrictions that may be put on your license. For example a “Home to Town” condition could be put in place. Or you may choose that you no longer drive after dark.
So if you are sent for a Driving Assessment what happens? Well, a driving assessment is carried out by a licensed driving instructor who holds the Older Driver Assessments are usually conducted from your home and on the local streets you drive every day. As long as you don’t perform a serious fail during your assessment, based on RMS standards you will hold on your full license. In case of failed driving assessment, you can have as many assessments as you like or you have the option to change your license from full to modify license. What is a serious fail? A serious fail may be recorded when your driving behaviours pose a danger to yourself and other road users.
Driving assessments should be completed prior to turning 85 years old and then every two years after that. At P-School, we are a licensed Older Driver Assessor. When choosing us to perform your assessments you know that you or your loved one is in great hands as all our instructors are calm, patient and empathetic to the senior community.