New drive test for seniors hopes to prevent future car accidents

Having the ability to drive safely is important for people of every age. To ensure that seniors and people with health problems are able to see, think and react as needed behind the wheel, British Columbia is introducing a new system to determine their eligibility as drivers. They hope to prevent car accidents in the province by ensuring that everyone on the roads is able to practice safe driving, as well as making the assessment easier for seniors. 

As part of British Columbia's new system, an extended road test will be replacing the current DriveABLE computer used to assess seniors' ability to drive. The touch-screen computer test was considered complicated and stressful by many seniors. The 90-minute road test will be conducted in the driver's own vehicle, and a driver examiner from ICBC will direct a series of tasks with varying complexity to test the driver's abilities.

Seniors' advocacy groups support the changes by RoadSafetyBC and the ICBC. They say the road test is much less stressful for aging divers. RoadSafetyBC and the ICBC hope that it will be more successful in keeping the roads safe and preventing car accidents in the province. 

Not all seniors or people with health problems will need to undergo the British Columbia driving test. Last year, only 3,000 of the 170,000 people who were evaluated for driving fitness were referred for an ICBC re-evaluation. Despite these efforts to prevent car accidents, they still occur on a daily basis. Those who have been hurt or who have lost family members in a car accident are advised to contact a lawyer.

Source: merrittherald.com, "B.C. seniors to get new driving assessment", Tom Fletcher, Dec. 4, 2017

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