Senior Drivers Education

AMA Driving School

Senior Drivers Programs

Each generation of drivers has trusted AMA to prepare them for the road ahead

You can trust AMA to have the programs and resources you need as a Senior Driver – we’ve been doing driver training for over 80 years.

Like new drivers, you probably have a lot of concerns and questions, and we’re here for you whether you want to check and improve your driving skills, or when you want to start putting together a retirement from driving plan.

Call us if you have any questions about our Seniors programs and services:
1-833-374-8733

AMA Senior Drivers Programs and Services

AMA Senior Drivers Programs and Services

We have specialized programs and services to help you evaluate and improve your driving skills as a senior driver.

We know driving is important for independence and mobility, and we want you to enjoy the freedom of the open road safely and with confidence for as long as possible.

Age-related changes are a part of life, being aware of how aging affects your performance on the road is the first step to managing it.

Sign up for AMA’s senior driver education programs to help you keep your driving skills sharp.

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Our Seniors Driving Courses

Our senior driver refresher course encourages discussion about the changes in rules and regulations. We also cover new driving technologies to help experienced drivers stay on the road for as long and as safely as possible. You’ll learn to:

  • Be more aware of basic rules of the road
  • Understand driver impairments and how to recognize them
  • Understand vehicle safety and basic driving habits
  • Be aware of the dynamic of aging and how it affects driving
  • Tips on sharing the road with other road users
  • Tips on driver fitness

This confidential evaluation will provide you with feedback and recommendations on areas that may require improvement. Evaluation includes:

  • Vision test
  • Senior driver questionnaire
  • 45 minute in-car drive evaluated by a specially trained instructor
  • Confidential review of the in-car evaluation
  • Written client report and recommendation for next steps

Whether you want to improve your overall driving skills, practice a specific skill, or need help with a particular driving concern, our in-car brush-up lessons can be customized to suit your needs. You can:

  • Learn to drive in winter, at night, or under extreme road conditions
  • Learn to drive a manual transmission
  • Understand driving practices for highways and freeways
  • Brush-up prior to a road test

If you enjoy vacationing on the open road, try our half-day RV Smart course to strengthen your skills for handling an RV, camper or trailer.

  • Safety
  • Towing
  • Braking & Parking
  • Propane hook up
  • Hitching
  • Accident Prevention

Carfit

As we age, our flexibility and agility can be affected, so vehicle fit and comfort are key to safety. This AMA program helps ensure you are seated correctly in your car, so you can continue to operate your vehicle safely.

SUPPORT FOR SENIOR DRIVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

As we age, our physical and mental abilities change. Some of those changes can affect our driving, including:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Ability to react quickly

These changes generally happen slowly, so it’s important to evaluate regularly to ensure we understand how our ability to drive is being affected. Knowing is important, because then we can take the necessary steps to ensure we can continue to drive safely.

CREATE A DRIVING RETIREMENT PLAN

We spend a great deal of time and energy to plan our retirement from work, but how many of us put the same amount of planning into retiring from driving?

Like any major life change, it’s best to approach creating a driving retirement plan in stages, rather than look at driving as an all-or-nothing proposition.

Starting the conversation early and involving your family and your doctor can help ease the transition and give you a sense of control.

PLANNING YOUR RETIREMENT FROM DRIVING

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In Alberta, the process for renewing your driver’s licence changes as you age.

We review the driving age related milestones and regulations. The review points are at age 75, 80, and every two years thereafter.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SENIORS LICENSING PROCESS

Whether you need to renew your licence, take a medically required road test, or just have questions about our programs, we’re here for you: 1-833-374-8733

Here are some resources from the Government of Alberta regarding mature drivers and licence renewal:

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA’S INFORMATION FOR MATURE DRIVERS (PDF) GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA’S LICENCE RENEWAL Q&A (PDF)

We have partnered with experts including the Canadian Medical Association and Health Canada, to create a video and resources to help you understand the effects of aging on driving skills.

HOW AGING AFFECTS DRIVING VIDEO

As a senior driver, you may have noticed your driving is not as sharp as it once was. Print and review your driving skills with our simple Senior Driving Assessment.

As the family or loved one of a senior driver, you may have some concerns or want to be proactive about the next steps for helping a senior transition away from driving.

Tips for reviewing your loved one’s driving skills from our experts.

CONVERSATION GUIDES AND SUPPORT FOR ADDRESSING SENIOR’S DRIVING DECISIONS

We know this is can be a difficult conversation, so we’ve put together some tools and resources to help you and your family discuss the transition to a non-driving life.

PRINTABLE CONVERSATION GUIDE

When you turn 75 in Alberta it becomes necessary to pass a driver’s medical to ensure that your vision, hearing, cognitive ability and overall health continue to allow you to drive safely. Another exam is required at age 80, and every two years after that. To learn more about how licensing changes as you age, check out this AMA Insider article.

WHAT IS THE MEDICAL EXAM FOR?

A driver’s medical is a routine exam, performed by a physician, meant to ensure that a person is medically fit to drive according to provincial guidelines. It’s designed to keep all of us safe.

If you’re 75 or older, provincial health will cover the cost of your exam.

Our AMA Rewards partner Medicentres Family Health Care Clinic offers both advanced and short notice bookings for driver’s medical exams. If you have to pay for the exam out of pocket, they also offer a 15% discount for AMA members.

How Licensing Changes as We Age


How Aging Affects Driving


SIGNS DRIVING HAS BEEN AFFECTED WITH AGE SELF ASSESSMENT & FAMILY RESOURCES


FAMILIES OF SENIOR DRIVERS


SENIOR DRIVERS MEDICAL EXAMS