Senior Driving Resources

Tools and advice to help you stay safer on the road.

AAA is committed to providing senior drivers the tools they need to navigate through life safely.

Learn how AAA Membership can help you stay on the road with Members-only benefits, expert advice, and access to driver resources—available for AAA Members at no additional cost.



Activate your AAA Classic Membership from Blue Shield of California by calling AAA Member Services at 844-951-2100. Our agents are available to answer any questions you may have about your AAA benefit.


a Blue Shield customer takes a free Roadwise Driver class from AAA

Roadwise Driver

AAA’s Roadwise Driver is an online course to help Members keep their driving knowledge fresh and get the most out of their vehicles while reducing risk to drivers, their passengers, and others on the road. Refresh your driving skills from the comfort of home or wherever you have an Internet connection. Or visit a Northern California AAA branch to access the course from a tablet device made available to Members.

a woman looks up her medication on AAA's Roadwise RX

Roadwise Rx

Developed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Roadwise Rx is an online tool that allows Members to record prescription and over-the-counter medications in one central location, and to receive personalized feedback about how drug side effects and interactions between medications may impact your ability to drive safely*.

AAA Roadside Service

Trust our trained technicians to help you get on your way. You’re covered 24/7, in anyone’s car—whether you’re the driver or a passenger.

DMV Services

Local AAA branches provide many DMV services to Members. Renew your registration, apply for and pickup disabled plates and placards, transfer ownership, and more.

Car Battery Service

Save at least $25 on a new car battery from AAA. We'll come to you to test and replace your existing battery**.

Know the Laws in California

A rapidly growing number of senior drivers on our nation’s highways has prompted many states to develop special tools, programs and resources to assist older adults and their families to better manage safe driving.

Many states also have enacted driver’s licensing laws with special provisions for older adults. Summarized below are programs and licensing laws that exist in the great state of California.

Senior Licensing Laws

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In California, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every five years. At every in-person renewal, a person must pass a vision test. Until age 70, only two successive renewals may be made by mail if a person does not wish to visit the California driver’s license office. However, the licensing renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • Limited renewal options. People age 70 and older must apply in person for every renewal.

Reporting a Potential Unsafe Driver

Almost every state, including California, has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its licensing office or department of motor vehicles. Law enforcement officers and physicians represent the majority of individuals submitting reports, although concerned citizens also can do so. If a state agency finds a complaint reasonable and credible, it may ask the reported driver to submit additional information, which could be used to help determine if a screening or assessment is justified.

Visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles website to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

State-Specific Programs for Senior Drivers

CALIFORNIA DMV OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has created a Senior Ombudsman Program designed to help keep older drivers on the road as long as safely possible. The program has four statewide ombudsmen who can help older drivers with specific concerns about driving. The program is designed to ensure that senior drivers are treated in a fair and consistent manner regarding licensing laws and regulations.

AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Driving specialists and occupational therapists specialize in driver rehabilitation and can help identify a driver’s visual, physical and cognitive health, and they can make recommendations to limit risks. Find a driving specialist in your area.

An elderly couple behind the wheel.

How to Drive More Safely

As we age our driving skills can take a hit. Discover how older drivers can stay safe on the road.

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*This tool is intended to provide users with general information to help them better understand the traffic safety implications of using certain medications before driving. The information is not medical advice. Consult with your doctor before altering any medications or driving, or if you have specific medical questions or think you may be suffering from any medical condition.

**Certain restrictions apply. Valid Membership card required. AAA batteries may not be available for all vehicle makes and models. Mobile battery replacement is not available in all areas. Member pays for battery. Some battery installations may require additional fees.