All of us need to be able to get around. Getting around is important not only for running errands, going to appointments, and getting to work, but also for visiting with friends and family, having fun, or just getting out of the house. Most of us prefer to get around by driving a car. Some of us, however, may be experiencing concerns with our health that make it more difficult to drive safely. Some concerns arise from medical conditions or the medications used to treat them. Others come from aging in general, with our abilities being affected so slowly over time that we may not even have noticed the changes. To make good decisions about driving, it is important to know as much as possible about any changes in ability we've had, how these changes might be related to safe driving, and what we can do about them.
This on-line workbook will help you think more carefully about the health concerns you may be experiencing that could affect safe driving. After you respond to questions about yourself, feedback is provided about what various concerns may mean for driving and what you can do to increase safety. You may be advised to see your doctor or another professional to talk about the concerns identified here. Because this workbook is intended only as an initial screening tool, it is important to follow up on any recommendation for further assessment.
This workbook contains three sections - Seeing, Thinking, and Getting Around. Each has to do with an area that affects safe driving. Each section should take 5-10 minutes to read and complete. Within each section, there are questions on different topics. For each question, please choose the answer that best describes your usual situation. Once you have answered all of the questions, you will be given feedback about the health concerns you identified, the critical driving skills that could be affected by these concerns, and what you might do to maintain safe mobility.Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the workbook: