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Older Driver Safety Resources


Automobile Rehab Services

Rehabilitation Institute of KC (click on Driving) provides comprehensive driving evaluation and training services that enable persons with disabilities and the well-elderly to gain freedom behind the wheel. The Driving Program serves individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Professionally trained therapists, specializing in the area of drivers' rehabilitation, assist participants through every aspect of the driving process including evaluation, training and equipment recommendations. 
 
CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed jointly with the American Automobile Association AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. CarFit offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them, and provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.
 

Driver Education and Assessment

AAA (Automobile Association of America) offers mature driver improvement courses; Roadwise Review, a self-screen that measures functional abilities related to crash risk; Roadwise Rx, an online tool that provides personalized feedback on how medications can impact driving. 
 
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) offers older driver safety courses. Visit this website or call 888-227-7669 to find one in your area. 
 
American Occupational Therapy Association provides online resources that provide information on progressive conditions and life changes that can affect driving, as well as an online locator for driver specialists in your area.
 
Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists can help you locate a professional working in the field of driver assessment, retraining and vehicle modifications for persons with disabilities. 866-672-9466
 
Lifelong Driver is an interactive computer course to improve essential driving skills.
 
Rehabilitation Institute of KC (click on Driving) provides comprehensive driving evaluation and training services that enable persons with disabilities and the well-elderly to gain freedom behind the wheel. The Driving Program serves individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Professionally trained therapists, specializing in the area of drivers' rehabilitation, assist participants through every aspect of the driving process including evaluation, training and equipment recommendations. 
 

Transportation Services and Providers

Link for Care provides resources on transportation service providers in the Greater Kansas City region.
 
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is a bi-state agency created by a compact between the states of Missouri and Kansas, and approved by the United States Congress. The compact was authorized by legislation passed in both states in 1965. The compact gives the ATA responsibility for planning, construction, owning and operating passenger transportation systems and facilities within the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area.
 
The compact defines the ATA district as the counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri; and Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte in Kansas. The Authority's jurisdiction is limited to these seven counties. The ATA operates The Metro bus service, the Metro Area Express (MAX) Bus Rapid Transit service, MetroFlex demand-response routes, Share-A-Fare paratransit service for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and AdVANtage vanpool service.
 
The JO Johnson County Transit (JCT) provides public transportation services to much of Johnson County, downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas, and other outlying areas. JCT's The JO operates weekday commuter services with most routes running during peak morning and afternoon times.
 
Indebus Complimentary ADA paratransit service available in the City of Independence.
 
Rides In Sight provides information about senior transportation options in local communities throughout the United States. ITNAmerica researched communities nationwide to build a database of senior transportation options. Rides In Sight makes the information available to the public through this website and hotline. The Rides In Sight hotline is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Eastern Time (excluding holidays). Operators answer all questions about senior transportation options within 24 hours.
 
Transit Department of the Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas provides transit services to residents of Wyandotte County through a number of programs, including: 
 
Services
  • The Bus: fixed route service 
  • Dial-A-Ride 
  • Senior Group Transportation 
  • Aging Transit
  • KCATA - UG Transit 
Additional Information
  • Connex Information  
  • UG Transit Comprehensive Service Analysis 
  • UG Transit Adds Route to Turner 
  • Contact Numbers 
 

Driver Safety Courses

To find a course near you, contact your local AAA branch or AARP Driver Safety Program.

General Information and Resources to Assist Older Adults and Their Families, Friends and Caregivers 

AAA (Automobile Association of America) provides users with general information to help them better understand the traffic safety implications of certain health conditions and human behaviors.
 
AARP's Driver Resource Center provides online assistance to create a custom driving plan with interactive tools as well as useful resources and information on safe driving. AARP also offers a free online seminar called "We Need To Talk" to help assess a loved one's driving skills and provides tools to have this important conversation.
 
Arrive Alive is a website sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety that provides comprehensive information on roadway and pedestrian safety for all ages, including a section on older driver safety.
 
Americans for Older Driver Safety is a Kansas City-based nonprofit that empowers older adults to extend their years of safe driving and remain mobile for life through education, research and policy advances. 

Car donation — If it's time for you or someone you know to stop driving, consider donating your car. Here are some resources to help. You can find more by Googling "donate car in Kansas City." ChORUS - To help address the needs of this growing segment of the population, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and NHTSA established a Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety (ChORUS) website (www.roadsafeseniors.org). The site serves as a centralized, user-friendly, and dynamic source of information pertaining to highway safety for aging drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Distracted Driving Resource Guide  — This website provides resources on driving distractions and how to prevent them.

Driver Knowledge This website offers a devinitive list of driving safety resources for senior drivers.

The Global Road Safety Partnership is dedicated to the sustainable reduction of road-crash death and injury in low- and middle-income countries, which suffer 90 per cent of the 1.3 million annual deaths and 50 million serious injuries that arise from road crashes. 
 
Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Guide — With proper safety knowledge and extra vigilance among parents, caregivers, and drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can be much safer. This is a resource guide on pedestrian and cyclist safety.
 
The Hartford's Safe Driving for a Lifetime program provides education on older driver safety, including a guide for family conversations about driving. 
 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides comprehensive information on driver safety issues, including medical conditions that may affect driving. 
 
Federal Highway Administration — The Office of Safety's Older Road User program addresses the engineering aspects of highway safety, including the following: 
  • Crash Facts  
  • Engineering and Training 
  • Federal and State Older road User Programs 
  • Community Resources for Promoting Older Road User Safety 
  • Articles on Older Road and Pedestrians 
Injury, Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page that offers statistics on older drivers and tips for driving safely as an older adult.

Transportation and the ADA  The Americans With Disabilities website offers information for seniors and people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It covers requirements for accessibility, paratransit and other forms of public transportation, and answers common questions regarding transit needs.
 

Publications 

The Effects of Aging on Driving Skills — This USAA Educational Foundation publication provides useful information to keep older drivers safe.
 
Federal Highway Administration Report: Guidelines and Recommendations to Accommodate Older Drivers and PedestriansThis report provides practitioners with a condensed source of practical information that links older road user characteristics to highway design, operational, and traffic engineering recommendations by addressing specific roadway features. The information in this document should be of interest to highway designers, traffic engineers, and highway safety specialists involved in the design and operation of highway facilities. In addition, this document will be of interest to researchers concerned with issues of older road user safety and mobility.
 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers two publications specifically for medical professionals: 
The Older American Drivers and Traffic Safety Culture report is the AAA Foundation’s latest look at aging Americans behind the wheel and offers interesting insight into their attitudes about driving policies and regulations.