When driving you need to be able to make sense of, and respond to, everything you see, such as road signs. You also need to react to actions of other road users and pedestrians. Memory loss can be a sign of changes in the brain and have a serious effect on your ability to drive safely.
You may notice you have had some ‘near misses’ or ended up with bumps or scratches on your car, and these can be signs that your driving may be getting worse. Unfortunately, you will not always be the first person to notice if your driving is becoming unsafe. Family members or friends may notice first and tell you they are concerned about your driving, or they might avoid going in the car with you. If this has happened you should begin to think about whether your driving is still as good as it used to be. If you are unsure about how safe you are ask a fellow driver to sit in the car with you and ask them for an honest opinion.
Sometimes, neither you nor your family will be able to tell if your driving is as safe as it needs to be, and a doctor might ask you to do some tests to look at this.
You could also attend for a Driving Assessment at a Mobility Centre. Mobility Centre staff are very experienced at putting clients at their ease and do their utmost to be supportive to individual drivers. This is not a driving test; however the Mobility Centre team will consider all aspects of your driving, including medical fitness, vision, awareness, reactions and decision-making, as well as your physical ability to operate the controls. An in car assessment will be carried out on a driving track area, and where appropriate on public roads. Recommendations about your driving are based on detailed evidence of the driving assessment. For further information, please see the North East Drive Mobility Information Leaflet.