In an effort to promote safe driving by elders, the Mass. RMV and AAA have been offering driving improvement programs and workshops specifically tailored for older drivers. The programs cover topics such as risk management/collision avoidance, vision, communication, speed, driving emergencies, and avoiding distractions. The program provides useful tips and encourages older drivers to adjust their driving habits, so that they will be able to drive safely. Re-testing of elderly drivers has been a hot topic in Massachusetts lately, in the wake of recent tragedies and accidents which involved older drivers.
The Mass. Registry uses the immediate threat and “regulatory complaint ” license suspension procedures to remove drivers from the road until their ability to drive safely can be assessed. Many elderly drivers have gone through this process which involves a license suspension hearing at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and usually medical, psychiatric, or vision examinations. Also, a competency road test is scheduled in some cases.