Update your skills to keep you driving safely for longer. As we get older, health and fitness begins to deteriorate, and age related conditions can eventually mean that there is a point when we must give up driving. However, this point is different for each individual person; there isn’t a set age at which all drivers become unable to drive safely as people age at different rates.
Age alone is almost certainly not a suitable indicator but as we get older the need for updating driving skills becomes more important; there is a clear need to help people maintain safe driving mobility as they get older and road safety activities play a fundamental role in this by decreasing the risk of accidents occurring.
A variety of organisations play their part in helping to keep mature drivers on the road safely for longer, they provide practical and informative help and support to assist you to continue driving longer if it safe to do so. They would also identify if a “Driving Mobility” assessment is needed if medical issues are highlighted.
Driving 75 and over
Everyone 75 and over who holds a Queensland driver licence must carry a current Medical certificate for motor vehicle driver form (F3712) at all times when driving and comply with any stated conditions—you can be fined if you don’t.
When renewing your medical certificate every 12 months you maybe required to undertake a driving evaluation with a driving instructor. Our instructors are trained to evaluate your on road performance in a dual controlled car, covering driving ability, road rule knowledge as well as safety to other road users and yourself. At the end of the evaluation a full report will be emailed to your doctor as well as yourself if required.
Getting your medical certificate to drive
If you don’t have access to a printer, ask at your health professional’s surgery if they can download and print the Medical certificate for motor vehicle driver form (F3712) for you. You can also get this form from a transport and motoring customer service centre, at a participating QGAP office or at a police station in rural or remote areas of Queensland.
Complete part 1 of the form and then ask your health professional to complete part 2, including the tear-off medical certificate. Once your health professional has completed and signed the form, tear off the medical certificate portion and carry it with you whenever you drive, making sure the review/expiry date can be read. You must show your medical certificate to a police officer if they request it.
Heavy vehicle licence
If you hold a heavy vehicle licence and wish to keep it, your health professional will assess your medical fitness to drive against the commercial vehicle driver standards. The commercial vehicle driver standards are more stringent than the private vehicle driver standards because of the increased risk associated with motor vehicle crashes involving heavy vehicles.