Talking to older patients about driving safety may be challenging. Their driver’s license symbolizes independence and giving up driving privileges can have an emotional impact. Yet, drivers age 75 and older are involved in significantly more motor vehicle crashes per mile driven.
You can find help to address the driving safety of older patients and better understand the public health issues involved with a new AMA guide. A free online resource, “The Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers,” addresses issues like:
- Assessing functional abilities
- Handling evaluations and referrals
- Conditions and medications that may impact driving
- Addressing safer driving
- Counseling those who are no longer able to drive
“Physicians play an important role in the safe mobility of their older patients, and we encourage them to make driver safety a routine part of office visits for their senior patients,” said AMA President-elect Cecil B. Wilson, M.D.
Worksheets and resources for older patients also are provided. Find the guide on the AMA website.
Click on the images below to view video samples of how the issue impacts physicians and patients (video will open in a new window):