Unfortunately, seniors still face societal stereotypes when is comes to driving. Being ordered to take a drive test can cause a fear of losing your license, which is not always true. The California DMV does not have different licensing standards for senior drivers. Smile Senior Care is here to tell you that, in fact, there are many senior drivers who are perfectly capable of driving on a daily basis from San Francisco all the way to Los Angeles.
Senior drivers who are asked to take a driving test usually have not met the DMV’s minimum vision requirements or have been referred from a Driver Safety office due to a physical or mental condition or lack of driving skill. A police officer, relative, friend, home care aide who is concerned about your driving may refer you to the DMV for a check of your driving ability.
Supplemental Driving Performance Evaluation
An SDPE (Supplemental Driving Performance Evaluation) 1 will be asked of you to determine whether you:
- Still have the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely
- Have formed or retained proper safe driving habits
- Can interpret the knowledge of traffic laws in to real practice
- Can compensate for any physical condition that might impair driving ability, such as poor vision, loss of a limb, or the early stages of dementia.
During your driver examination, your examiner may log any deficiencies or behaviors that need improvement. These notes however would not disqualify you from keeping your driver license. Your examiner will discuss these issues after your drive test is finished.