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Driving, Transportation, and Mobility

How do you get to the places that matter most to you?  Whether you drive, walk, or ride, the links below can help you improve your safety on the road; find local transportation; plan ahead for life changes; and work with your community to support safe, plentiful transportation.  This page features the following sections:

  • How to Extend Your Driving Years
  • What to Do When Driving Becomes Risky
  • Where to Find Local Transportation
  • How Community Groups Can Make a Difference

 

How to Extend Your Driving Years

  • Georgia Department of Driver Services

Driver’s License Information & Search-Topic Page

How to Apply for a Disability Parking Permit

  • Self-Assessment Tools for Drivers

How to Determine Your Fitness to Drive (AARP)

Drivers 65 Plus: Self-Rating Form (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)

  • Professional Driving Skills Assessment

Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists

Are Your Driving Skills Good Enough? (The Hartford)

Driving Assessment (Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia)

  • Customizing Vehicle Settings for Greater Safety

CarFit – Georgia (Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute)

CarFit - National (Sponsored by the American Automobile Association, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association)

  • Senior Driving Instruction 

Driver Safety Program Classroom Course Locator (AARP)

Driver Improvement Courses for Seniors (American Automobile Association)

 

What to Do When Driving Becomes Risky

  • Starting a Family Conversation about Driving

We Need to Talk: Online Seminar on Talking with Older Drivers (AARP)

Family Conversations with Older Drivers (The Hartford)

How to Help the Older Driver (American Medical Association)

A Talk with an Elder Driver (Eldercare Locator)

 

  • Mobilizing Your Personal Support Network

Do You Have a Driving Retirement Plan? (Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs)

Getting by without Driving (American Medical Association)

Walkability Checklist (Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center)

 

Where to Find Local Transportation

  • Types of Transportation Options

Transportation choices that may be available to you include public transit, paratransit, volunteer driver programs, voucher programs, taxi cabs, carpools, senior center vans, and rides with family or friends.

Choices for Mobility Independence: Transportation Options for Older Adults

(Elder Care Locator - U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Metro Atlanta Mobility and Transportation Options

(AgeWise Connection - Atlanta Regional Commission)

  • Locally Available Transportation Options

Search for transportation in your community through the links below:

Georgia Services for Seniors (Georgia Association of Area Agencies on Aging)

Georgia Transit Links (American Public Transportation Association)

Transportation Resources (State of Georgia ADA Coordinator’s Office)

 

How Community Groups Can Make a Difference

Community organizations, you can help expand transportation choices in your region, wherever you are in Georgia.  See these resources, and contact your Area Agency on Aging to get started.

  • Hosting a CarFit Event

Volunteer CarFit trainers educate older adults about how to adjust their vehicles’ environment for safer operations. The program is jointly sponsored by the American Automobile Association (AAA), AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Visit the link below to find a certified CarFit event coordinator in your area.  The event coordinator can help your organization plan and host an educational CarFit event for older drivers in your community.

Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute

  • Hosting a Driver Safety Class

Visit the link below to learn about what host sites do, the basics that every host needs, and the expert support that the organization provides.  The online form will be routed to Georgia’s AARP driver-safety leadership team.

AARP Driver Safety Courses: Information for Prospective Hosts

  • Starting a Volunteer Driver Program

Volunteer driver programs can operate one to seven days per week, using an organization’s vehicle(s) or volunteers’ personal automobiles.  A group may choose to transport riders to doctors’ offices, grocery stores and pharmacies, worship services, or a range of other destinations. You choose the scope that’s right for your mix of resources.  For program models and technical assistance, visit the links below and contact your region’s Area Agency on Aging.