It’s one of the thorniest passages in the aging process: the point where older Zoomers have to surrender their car keys. Now a national study aims to keep older drivers with clean records safe and licensed, while taking dangerous drivers off the highways a lot sooner.
The program is called CanDRIVE, or the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly. Here’s psychiatrist Dr. Mark Rappoport.
An electronic device will be attached to their cars, measuring the amount and type of driving they do. By tracking physical and mental functions and driving habits, the hope is to develop a written test and screening tool to allow doctors to identify seniors who are safe drivers and those at risk of causing crashes.
This is not about getting more people off the road. The researchers hope this will enable older Canadians to maintain their independence for as long as possible. And by 2020, 1 in 4 Canadian drivers will be over 65.
If you’re interested in participating in the study call 1-866-233-1133.