Driving can be emotionally and physically demanding. By making physical activity and a healthy diet part of your daily routine, you can stay fit, flexible and independent. Get medical check-ups as recommended by your physician to identify and manage health risks.
Driving also relies heavily upon your vision—be sure to get regular eye exams to check for vision changes and wear glasses or contacts if required.
To keep you safer on the road, here are some maintenance tips to ensure your vehicle is in good working condition:
- Clean the outside and inside of the windshield regularly to improve visibility.
- Keep tires properly inflated for good steering and braking.
- Replace the wiper blades at least annually.
- Check monthly that headlights, brake lights and turn signal lights work.
- Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep it running well.
In addition, having vehicle equipment like GPS, rear backup cameras, and oversized rearview mirrors may be helpful.
Did you know that as an experienced, senior driver, you could save up to 25% on your insurance premiums?
See our experienced driver discount page for more information.
Some of the benefits of parting with your driver’s licence include:
- No longer having the responsibility of driving. Why not sit back and relax as a passenger?
- Saving money. The Canadian Automobile Association estimates the cost of driving a new compact car to be over $8,000 a year (based on driving 16,000 km per year).
- You can exchange your driver’s licence for a free B.C. Identification card at any driver licensing office. That way you'll still have a piece of secure, legal identification.
Getting around without driving
Driving can be stressful. It can often be more relaxing to walk, use public transit, take a taxi or ride with family or friends. Many senior drivers may also prefer to avoid driving during rush hour or at night.
As a senior, you can likely get some of your routine items, such as groceries or pharmaceuticals, delivered for free.
The BC Government’s Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is responsible for assessing drivers and making driver fitness decisions.
If you receive a letter from the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles asking you to take an ICBC re-examination road test:
- It’s good to review your driving skills so you’re prepared for the test.
- Read our Learn to drive smart and Tuning up for drivers manuals.
- You might consider taking professional driving lessons.
- Bring a family member or friend to your road test appointment for support and to help you get home if needed.
- Your vehicle needs to be safe and in good working order for the road test.
- If you wear glasses for driving or use any special equipment to help you drive, bring those with you.
- Bring required ID, your vehicle insurance and registration documents