Navigating the Road Ahead: Making Informed Decisions About Driving as a Senior in Georgia

For many seniors in Georgia, driving is synonymous with independence. However, as we age, it’s essential to make informed decisions about our ability to drive safely. This post is dedicated to helping you navigate this critical decision, providing resources to evaluate your driving skills and highlighting alternative transportation options to maintain your independence, whether you live in urban, suburban, or rural areas of Georgia.

1. Assessing Your Ability to Drive

As we age, factors like vision changes, slower reaction times, and medication side effects can impact our driving. Here are some steps to assess your driving ability:

Regular Health Check-Ups: Ensure your vision and hearing are checked regularly. Discuss with your healthcare provider how your health conditions or medications might affect your driving.

Self-Assessment Tools: Utilize self-assessment tools provided by organizations like the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the AARP to evaluate your driving skills.

Professional Driving Assessment: Consider a professional driving assessment. In Georgia, organizations like the Shepherd Center offer clinical evaluations and behind-the-wheel assessments by occupational therapists.

2. Voluntary Driver Improvement Courses

In Georgia, courses like AARP’s Smart Driver course can help seniors brush up on their driving skills. These courses also address age-related changes and provide tips for safe driving.

3. Family Conversations

Open discussions with family members can provide an outside perspective on your driving abilities. These conversations, while sometimes difficult, are important for making informed decisions.

4. Planning for the Transition

If you decide that it’s time to stop driving, it’s important to have a plan in place to maintain your independence. Here are some alternative transportation options:

Public Transportation: In urban areas like Atlanta, MARTA provides extensive bus and rail services. Familiarize yourself with public transportation routes and schedules.

Senior Transportation Services: Many communities in Georgia offer senior-specific transportation services. For example, the Atlanta Regional Commission provides a list of transportation resources for seniors.

Ride-Sharing and Taxis: Services like Uber and Lyft can be convenient options. Some communities also have local taxi services that may offer senior discounts.

Paratransit Services: For seniors with disabilities, paratransit services offer door-to-door transportation. Check with your local transit authority for eligibility and details.

Community Shuttles/Vans: Some senior living communities and religious organizations offer shuttle or van services for shopping, medical appointments, and social events.

Walking and Biking: For those living in more walkable areas, consider walking or biking for short trips. This can also be a great way to stay active.

5. Embracing Technology

Learning to use apps for ride-sharing or public transportation can enhance your independence. Many communities offer technology classes specifically for seniors.

6. Resources for Non-Drivers

Explore resources that make living without driving more manageable, like grocery delivery services, telemedicine for healthcare, and online social activities to stay connected.


Deciding whether to continue driving is a significant decision for seniors in Georgia. It involves a careful evaluation of your abilities and an understanding of the resources available to maintain your independence. Remember, giving up the car keys doesn’t mean losing your freedom. With the right planning and support, you can continue to lead a vibrant and active life.

Call to Action

Assess your driving, explore alternative transportation options, and don’t hesitate to seek assistance from family, healthcare providers, or community resources. Staying informed and proactive is key to maintaining your independence and enjoying your senior years to the fullest.


This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not replace professional advice. Consult with healthcare professionals and driving experts for personalized assessments.

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