FIVE FACTS ABOUT SENIOR DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIA
When you turn 70 years old, you’re probably well over that period of denial where you convince yourself that birthdays don’t exist. In terms of honesty, at this point, you’re probably realizing that there’s no point in fighting the fact that you’re getting older. But one thing you might not want to admit is that, sooner rather than later, you aren’t going to be able to drive anymore — or at the very least, your driving privileges are going to be limited.
So, if you’re a resident of California and you’re getting close to your 70th birthday, here are a few things that you need to know about state driving regulations for seniors:
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SENIOR DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIAFirst things first: every licensed driver in California is required to renew his or her license after turning 70. Even if you're in perfect health, you'll still need to renew your license at your local DMV and take two tests: a vision test and a written test. These tests measure your physical health (or rather, one important aspect of your physical health) and your mental health.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SENIOR DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIAEvery five years after turning 70, you'll be required to renew your license and take these tests.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SENIOR DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIAIf you get into an accident or you get pulled over while driving and receive a ticket -- even for small misdemeanor traffic violations like cell phone tickets or a traffic light violation -- you'll likely have to take a road test to prove that you're still capable of driving.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SENIOR DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIAOther people, like family members and doctors, can actually write to the DMV and request that your driving ability be examined. When this happens, you won't be facing any charges for traffic violations, but you'll likely have to attend some DMV hearings and pass tests to prove that you can still drive.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SENIOR DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIAIf a doctor/the state DMV decides that you aren't fit to drive, you could either have restrictions on your license, or have your license taken away completely. This doesn't mean that you've committed any traffic violations, but it doesmean that you'll be in trouble if you're caught breaking these restrictions -- just like anyone else would face penalties for being caught driving on a suspended license.
A lot of seniors struggle with this, so if you're feeling a bit depressed or angry about it, that's completely normal. Just remember that your safety -- and the safety of others -- could be at risk if you don't take the proper precautions. For more information about the driving restrictions for seniors, check out the California DMV website or contact your local traffic law firm.