It's important to keep your skills and knowledge up to date.

As we all know, changes naturally occur with ageing. RACT delivers a number of programs  for senior motorists.

Become 'CarFit'

CarFit is are a free educational workshop designed for older drivers and provides advice and information on how you and your car can "fit" together to maximise safety and comfort. Trained professionals, including a qualified Occupational Therapist, go through a simple checklist of questions with the driver about their car.

What do we check?

  • If you're at a safe distance from the steering wheel and have adequate vision over the front of the car

  • If your mirrors are adjusted to minimise your car's blind spots.

  • If your seatbelt is fitted correctly and not providing any discomfort.

  • If your head restraint is adjusted to provide protection from whiplash in a crash.

If you have any mobility issues, a trained Occupational Therapist can provide advice and options for driving and getting in and out of your car.

The entire process takes less than half an hour to complete and is free of charge. ​Please note: CarFit is not an assessment of individuals' driving ability.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Monday 29 April - RACT Hobart
  • Monday 20 May - RACT Hobart

Click here to register your interest or book into the scheduled session for Hobart.

'Years Ahead'

'Years Ahead' is a free presentation designed for seniors groups and associations. This is a great opportunity to discuss safe driving tips, the importance of choosing a safe vehicle, pedestrian safety and the importance of being physically fit to drive. The presentation takes approximately one hour and is available free of charge to any senior community group in Tasmania.

To enquire or make a booking for RACT to come and deliver a Years Ahead presentation to your group, click here to register your interest.

Licensed driver appraisals

Concerned about a loved one’s ability to continue driving? Or would you like to feel more confident on the road? Let’s bring you up to speed! Gain all the skills you need to enjoy the freedom of the open road with RACT driving lessons.

Stay up to date and refresh your lifelong driving skills with our highly qualified driving instructors who will guide you through an informal lesson, answering all your questions and sharing safe driving tips.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your driving skill set, strengthen your road sense with correct driving habits, while staying on top of road rule changes.

Licensed driver appraisals are available for all ages and stages of driving in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. To make a booking, call 1300 761 429.

Your health and driving

As you get older, your driving skills can be affected. But, of course, being an older driver does not automatically make you a bad driver. In fact, older drivers are some of our safest, most law abiding and courteous.

However, in some respects, there are higher risk factors for senior motorists. If involved in a crash, the risk of injury is higher and recovery periods longer. As you know, the body naturally changes with ageing (as much as we wish it didn't), and this affects your physical mobility. Side-effects of some medications, illness or impairments can also affect physical mobility.

Exercise or any other physical activity will help maintain muscle strength and give you flexibility. As obvious as this sounds, we often forget how much exercise can benefit us. Consult your physician about what type of exercise or activity would suit. Exercising the mind is also equally as important to sharpen your visual and mental skills. Keep up with reading, writing and even word or number puzzles.

For more information on how to maintain health & wellbeing while driving, download our 'Five Tips for driving wellness' brochure.

Dementia and driving

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a group of illnesses that cause a progressive decline in a person's functioning. Dementia will affect memory, concentration, judgement, vision or problem-solving. It will also affect a person's thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks, including driving.

The progressive nature of dementia means that a person's ability to drive safely can be compromised, due to a decrease in abilities such as problem-solving, reasoning, judgement, vision, planning, and insight. For this reason, many doctors and health professionals believe that a diagnosis of dementia is incompatible with holding a driver's licence. A person who is diagnosed with dementia will at some point need to stop driving. A list of important contacts is included within the Dementia, Driving and Mobility booklet.

If you are feeling worried about a family member or friend's driving ability, download the 'Fitness to drive' brochure to help give you some tips and strategies on how to have that difficult conversation about life beyond driving.

Choosing a safe car

Senior motorists tend to be some of our safest, most law abiding and courteous drivers. But, this doesn't always help to avoid a crash, especially if it's not your fault! Your level of fragility increases as you get older, making people more susceptible to injury. So it's crucial when buying a car to consider safety features to protect yourself against serious or life threatening injuries if involved in a crash.

ANCAP Safety Rating

ANCAP provides consumers with transparent advice and information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different vehicle models in the most common types of crashes, as well as their ability - through technology - to avoid a crash. Vehicles are awarded an ANCAP safety rating between 1 - 5 stars which indicate the level of safety they provide in the event of a crash. The more stars, the better the vehicle performed in the ANCAP assessment.

ANCAP has been conducting these assessments since 1993, and with some really easy research, you can choose a vehicle that has a better ANCAP safety rating over others, even if you're looking at purchasing a used car.

Visit the ANCAP website to search for the safety rating your vehicle has. This is also a very good search tool when thinking about purchasing a new or used vehicle.