Florida leads the nation with more than 17 percent of its population age 65 years and older, and that number is expected to continue to grow in the years to come. Access to transportation is important to many older Floridians who cherish their independence. With such a large resident population of senior drivers and many more who vacation here during the winter months, we need to make sure our seniors are safe.
Florida DMV offers these tips to assist older drivers:
¢ Plan your day so that you do most of your driving when visibility is greatest and traffic is lightest, such as mid-morning and after lunch.
¢ Plan the route to your destination to minimize left turns.
¢ Look twice both ways before making a turn or entering an intersection.
¢ Minimize lane changes. When you change lanes, be sure to use your signals.
¢ Turn the volume on your radio down or turn off the radio completely.
¢ Have your vision and hearing tested annually.
¢ Heed warning labels on medications. Even prescription drugs can impair driving and judgment.
¢ Consider alternative transportation options.
All Florida drivers 80 years of age or older are required to pass a vision test when obtaining or renewing a driver license. A vision test is required using the following steps:
- Have a licensed Florida doctor (medical, osteopathic, or optometrist) administer the test and submit the Mature Driver Vision Test Form to the DHSMV
- If you pass this vision test, you may continue the process to obtain or renew your license
- If you do not pass the vision test, you must have an eye specialist licensed in Florida complete the Report of Eye Examination form and submit it to the DHSMV before you can continue the process to obtain or renew your license.
If your license is revoked as a result of poor vision but improves after treatment, you may apply to get your driver license restored by having your eye specialist complete an updated eye exam report. Take this completed report to your local driver license or tax collector office where you may be re-licensed if your vision meets the minimum requirements. If your license has been taken away for Inadequate Field of Vision, you must mail an updated eye exam report along with charted visual fields to the DHSMV.
For more information and additional resources to help older drivers remain mobile and independent, visit the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition’s website at www.safeandmobileseniors.org.
Source: http://www.flhsmv.gov/news/pdfs/PR120213.pdf & http://www.safeandmobileseniors.org/LawsAndRegulations.htm