Assessing older drivers: A primary care protocol to evaluate driving safety risk

Robert A. Murden, Kathleen Unroe

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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Most articles on elder drivers offer either general advice, or review testing protocols that divide drivers into two distinct groups: safe or unsafe. We believe it is unreasonable to expect any testing to fully separate drivers into just these two mutually exclusive groups, so we offer a protocol for a more practical approach. This protocol can be applied by primary care physicians. We review the justification for the many steps of this protocol, which have branches that lead to identifying drivers as low risk, high risk (for accidents) or needing further evaluation. Options for further evaluation are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-25
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005



  • Driver evaluation
  • Driving
  • Older driver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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