DISCLAIMER: This questionnaire has been designed to help you identify areas related to your safety that may need to be addressed. Being honest in your answers will achieve the best results. Ratings/Scores that you achieve after answering the questions set out below are a guide only and are not intended to be professional advice about your driving ability. For a full evaluation of your driving ability, medical, driving theory and practical assessments would need to be performed. To assess your medical and physical condition, a full medical assessment would need to be performed by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner. However, your answers give a subjective indication about your ability to continue to drive safely. If you or others who observe your driving have any concerns about your continued ability to drive, further professional advice should be sought. Your answers to this questionnaire are in no way being captured, recorded or stored by RACQ.
Has your mobility and flexibility decreased? e.g., are you having more difficulty performing shoulder checks (checking blind spots by looking over your shoulders) and/or do you need assistive devices to walk?
Do your joints ache or become stiff on long trips?
Are your reactions to unexpected situations slower than they used to be?
Do you often get tired or feel sleepy while driving during the day?
Do you get tired or feel sleepy on long trips?
Do you suffer from any chronic medical conditions e.g., heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, or vision/hearing impairment?
If you are 75 or over, do you require a medical certificate to continue driving?
Do you always read the labels on medications that you take?
Have you asked your doctor or pharmacist if your medication can affect your driving?
Do you ever forget to take a dose of your medication?
Do you have trouble judging the distance of other vehicles, or changing focus from your instrument panel to the road?
Are you having more trouble adjusting to glare and/or night driving than you did previously?
Do you ever get surprised by pedestrians or other vehicles coming from your left or right while you are focussing straight ahead?
Do you ever drive without wearing a seatbelt?
When you sit in the driver's seat, is your chest less than 25cm (around 10 inches) from the steering wheel, and/or is your eye level less than 10cm (around 4 inches) above the top of the steering wheel and/or do you have trouble completely depressing the clutch, accelerator and brake pedals without discomfort?
Are you able to reach and operate your turn indicators, horn, hazard light switch, headlight switch (including high and low beam) handbrake, and turn the steering wheel from full lock from left to right and back again without pain or discomfort?
Are you able to get in and out of your vehicle without discomfort?
Do you regularly lose your sense of direction, become lost or have trouble deciding on an appropriate route to your destination?
Do some traffic situations or other drivers upset you?
Do you have trouble driving through, or turning at busy intersections or roundabouts?
Do you keep up to date with changes to the road rules?
Do you ever have trouble deciding who to give way to at an intersection?
Does driving in heavy traffic make you feel uncomfortable?
Do you feel more comfortable driving well below the speed limit?
Do you feel uncomfortable driving in unfamiliar territory?
Do you predominantly drive in one type of traffic environment, i.e., either predominantly in city environments, or predominantly in country environments?
Do you have trouble merging with, or entering fast moving traffic e.g., an entry ramp to a freeway?
Do you find that you are easily distracted or that your thoughts wander while you are driving?
Have you caused any minor crashes or experienced any near misses in the last 12 months?
Have you received a warning or a ticket from a police officer in the last 12 months?
Have your children, family members, friends or passengers expressed concerns about your ability to drive safely?
Do you find that other drivers react negatively to your driving e.g., blowing horn, flashing lights, driving aggressively around you?
Have your children, family members, friends or passengers expressed concerns about your vehicle?
Do you have regular health and vision checks?
Your section score is based on the number of 'risk points' accumulated within each section, and colour coded according to the severity of your risk profile.
You're doing well. From your answers to the questionnaire, it appears that you have taken into consideration some of the important age and/or medical-related driver safety issues. Have a look at our tips for advice on how you might become an even safer driver
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