Driving is a life skill that requires preparation, practice, and precision. After years on the road, those of us reaching our golden years may feel as though we’re seasoned experts behind the wheel.
But even a lifetime of driving and zero ICBC points can’t prepare you for the toll that aging takes on us. As we age, certain things just don’t work like they used to. Eyesight and hearing become weaker, while mobility and reflexes become slower.
These physical restraints may have developed over a five-year period, which is exactly when your driver’s license is up for renewal. A lot can happen when you transition from your sixties to your seventies, so don’t be alarmed if ICBC asks you to take a re-examination road test. Like a doctor’s check-up, this is merely a precautionary driving exam to assess skills like observation, space margins, speed control, and communication. In addition, this helps you to remain a safe and confident driver. Getting into a motor vehicle accident can be a stressful situation. In addition to having to work through the ICBC car accident claim process, you may also need to engage a BC car accident lawyer.
Before you take the exam, there are a few resources where you can test your skillset:
- Take the online practice knowledge test (available in English and Punjabi)
- Watch these video driving tips
- Read ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart and Tuning Up for Drivers manuals
Don’t forget that you’ll also need to take one piece of primary and one piece of secondary identification, as well as pay a $75 fee.
It may sound like a slippery slope, but don’t forget that there are some serious perks to qualifying as a senior: the discounts! Those over the age of 65 who drive for pleasure-use only may qualify for a 25 per cent discount on their Basic Autoplan. To find out if you’re eligible, contact your local auto plan broker.