Everyone remembers what it felt like the day they got their first drivers license. Over time, the act of driving itself becomes second nature, but that sensation of freedom…well, that sticks with you. That’s why as a senior adult, when it comes time to take the drivers license re-test, you need to make sure you’re properly prepared.
Though age requirements may vary, many states now require some form of re-test for seniors before they can renew their drivers license. For the most part, state laws prohibit senior adult drivers from renewing by mail or online. Instead, these states require a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles in person. Some states now require driving and/or vision tests for drivers over a certain age. The best thing you can do is make sure you’re prepared when it’s time to renew your license. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few re-test tips to help make your renewal process as easy as possible.
No matter how long you’ve been driving, it’s probably a good idea to refresh your skills before taking the re-test. Consider contacting a qualified driving instructor in your area to schedule a driving evaluation. An experienced instructor can give you an immediate assessment of your abilities behind the wheel and — even more importantly — help point out any areas that might need to address before you take the test.
Your health is also a factor in your DMV re-test and assessment. Remember that prescription drugs can impair your ability to operate a vehicle. If you aren’t certain about your medications or what conditions you’ll have to report to the DMV, check with your doctors in advance.
Also, since your vision changes over time (and could react differently to road conditions, light, or weather), schedule an eye exam before your driving test. And remember to wear your glasses or contacts for your DMV vision exam — and when you drive.
Remember that traffic laws change over time, adapting to meet new needs. Passing your driving test means knowing and understanding all the latest driving laws. If you’re not totally sure what’s changed where you live, contact your local DMV for updated study materials.
Becoming a senior citizen doesn’t have to mean giving up your drivers license. But you do want to make sure you’re aware of what is legally required of you.