DriveAble program is not just for seniors

Mary Glassford discusses the DriveAble program and her thoughts on it.

During the election I became aware of Drive Able.

I had not really paid any attention to it – perhaps I should have. As a senior I found it very disconcerting when I had my brother-in-law, (who  just happens to be much older than me) for dinner and realized how upset he was. Of course, I asked questions and thought if what he told me was correct then yes, seniors should be upset.

DriveAble is NOT just for seniors. No matter your age, cognitive processes can become impaired as a result of medical conditions or medications. DriveAble should not be confused with the requirement for drivers over 80 years of age, and every two years thereafter, to have a driver medical exam report.

This assessment is similar to an eye or hearing test. No familiarity with a computer is needed for their application. From what I understand you only need to touch a screen or press a button – I envision it being similar to using a debit or bank machine. Apparently, you can have practice session to see what is required. (I actually watched a short demonstration on the web site). Most of the information is on the web site for those that have a computer; I printed the information off for my brother-in-law to read.

A medical practicioner will request the assessment if they have concerns with a patient’s cognitive ability to drive. Considering a person has been referred for DriveAble assessment, it is recommended that someone drive you for the test. If the person conducting the session or test feels you are too nervous or overly stressed, they will suggest you book another appointment. According to the info I read there is no cost for the DriveAble assessment nor the DriveAble on-road test.

The person conducting the test does not tell you whether you have passed or failed – that information is forwarded to the office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles – the results can take upward of 4 weeks. You will be notified by mail of any decision.

If you, or your physician, feel that your cognitive ability has improved and you wish another assessment, there is a cost.

In all sincerity, I hope this information helps clear up some of the confusion about DriveAble. If you have more concerns perhaps a friend or family member will find the information and print it  for you to read.


Mary Glassford is a long-term Quesnel resident, former Cariboo Regional District director and city councilor and president of the Post Secondary Education Council.