Drivers Licence renewals

Everyone 75 and over who holds a Queensland driver licence must carry a current medical certificate for motor vehicle driver form at all times when driving and comply with any stated conditions—you can be fined if you don't.

Complete part 1 of the form and then ask your health professional to complete part 2, including the tear-off medical certificate. Once your health professional has completed and signed the form, tear off the medical certificate portion and carry it with you whenever you drive, making sure the review/expiry date can be read. You must show your medical certificate to a police officer if they request it.

Heavy vehicle licence

If you hold a heavy vehicle licence and wish to keep it, your health professional will assess your medical fitness to drive against the commercial vehicle driver standards. The commercial vehicle driver standards are more stringent than the private vehicle driver standards because of the increased risk associated with motor vehicle crashes involving heavy vehicles.

If you use this commercial drivers licence for profit there will be a fee of $110.

If you use your commercial drivers licence only for volunteer work the fee will be waived.

How age affects your driving.

As you get older, how you process information, your vision, and your ability to move changes. It’s important to know how age affects your driving.

Vision

As you age it can become more difficult to:

  • change focus and see detail (such as traffic signs)
  • see objects and obstacles such as pedestrians or people on bicycles
  • deal with and recover from glare such as oncoming headlights or the afternoon sun
  • see things in your side vision (what you see out of the corner of your eyes when looking ahead)
  • adjust your vision when going from light to dark or vice versa.

Medical conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes can also affect your vision.

To maintain your vision:

  • have your eyes checked regularly
  • keep the prescription for your glasses up to date and make sure your glasses are suitable for driving
  • modify your driving patterns (e.g. think about limiting or avoiding driving at night or twilight)
  • keep your windscreen clean to reduce glare.

Movement

Changes to your body can make movement slower and more difficult. You may experience a decrease in your:

  • muscle strength
  • flexibility and mobility
  • range of movement
  • coordination.

These changes, plus common health problems like arthritis, can affect the way you drive. For example, you may find it harder to operate the gears and clutch which can result in slower reaction times.

Information processing

Your ability to process information, and react to it, tends to slow down as you age.

Driving under pressure can become stressful, giving you less time to react to changes on the road.

When planning a trip, think about whether you are comfortable:

  • driving at peak hour
  • merging onto a busy freeway
  • changing lanes in traffic
  • travelling an unfamiliar route
  • dealing with a busy intersection or roundabout.

Car modifications

You can also modify your car to help compensate for age-related changes. For example installing special wing mirrors can improve your side vision if turning your head is a problem.