Older drivers

Mum and baby

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 for older drivers at the State Government's Moving Right Along 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 program that encourages safer, greener and more active travel for older South Australians.
  • When older drivers crash it's 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.
  • Poor eyesight can have a big effect on your driving ability. If you have any concerns, speak to your doctor.
  • If you have a medical condition that affects your ability to drive safely, you have to report the condition. You do this by calling a Customer Service Centre on 13 10 84. If you don’t do this, and you have an accident, you could be charged by the police.