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Driver Rehabilitation

Telephone: 8932 1626
Home visiting service to assist people to return to driving safely.

Information for senior drivers

Information for Senior Drivers is published by the NT Department of Transport. We have summarised key points, for more visit the Information for Seniors Drivers page.

In the Northern Territory, all drivers are legally required to notify the MVR of any medical condition that may affect their ability to drive. Under Section 11 of the Motor Vehicles Act; drivers are legally responsible for declaring (usually through a medical self-assessment) that they have a medical condition that may affect their ability to drive.

If you have any concerns about your fitness and ability to drive you should contact your GP immediately.

  1. I am not as confident on the road as I once was
  2. I have some difficulty turning to see behind me when reversing
  3. I am easily distracted
  4. Other drivers honk their horns at me
  5. I have scratches and dents on my car that I can’t account for
  6. I get increasingly agitated and irritated while driving
  7. I sometimes fail to spot a hazard until the last second
  8. I rely increasingly on a passenger to help me judge distances and give instructions while driving
  9. I have regular near misses
  10. I get lost in familiar places and sometimes make a wrong turn
  11. On occasion I confuse the accelerator with the brake

If any of these scenarios apply to you then it might be time to talk to your GP about your fitness to drive. Relatives and concerned friends can also use the above checklist to assess a loved ones fitness to drive as road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Information for staying safe on the roads

The Northern Territory Road Users Handbook is a comprehensive guide for current and new drivers. The Road Users Handbook contains important information in relation to obtaining a driver licence, the rules of the road, and basic driving skills. The handbook also explains the Australian Road Rules which are used in each State and Territory of Australia.

ONLY DRIVE TO YOUR CAPABILITY

When you’re not at your best, your driving skills may not be either.

The most common cause for road statistics is speeding, alcohol, driving when tired and the non-use of restraints (seatbelts and child seats). Road accidents can also occur when a vehicle is driven by someone who has an injury, illness or medical condition which affects their ability to control their vehicle and drive safely on the road.

A decision to drive under these circumstances is dangerous for the driver, but also for their passengers and other road users.

You should not drive a vehicle if you are: