Older drivers

Older people who have been driving for a long time are usually very safe drivers.

If you sometimes feel you’re not as safe a driver as you used to be, talk to your family or to a doctor. A doctor can check your health and tell you if there’s a problem.

Maybe your reaction times are slowing? Maybe your eyesight is getting worse? Maybe medication is making you tired?

There are some good resources and tips for older drivers at the State Government's MyLicence website.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt doubles your chances of surviving a serious crash. It’s the law that all drivers and passengers wear a seatbelt or child restraint, regardless of age.
  • Check out Moving Right Along: Obligations and Opportunities for Older Drivers - a resource with information about driving safely, alternatives to driving and issues facing older South Australians drivers.
  • When older drivers crash its most often at intersections, or when turning right.
  • If you're 85 years or older, and you drive anything other than a normal car, you must pass a driving test every year.