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Driver Safety: The Clinician’s Connection

About This Series

older driver safety Funding for this training is provided as part of Contract #693JJ918F000239 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. United States Department of Transportation to support traffic safety efforts to save lives and prevent serious injuries on our nation's roadways.

Americans love their vehicles. Whether it’s a car, truck, motorcycle, SUV, or van, we equate them with getting us to where we want to go, and our sense of independence with being able to drive. Transportation is vital to our patients to get them to and from medical appointments, such as testing, chemotherapy, or dialysis, and can also be important when they need to buy groceries and medicine. Therefore, a common concern among clinicians (primary care providers, nurses, therapists, specialists, social workers, and pharmacists) is the ability of patients to drive safely.

This site will house CME-/CE-associated learning activities to facilitate clinicians’ ability to assess challenges and risks associated with their patients' driving. The activities will also discuss driving safety among potentially at-risk drivers (those of older age and/or drug-impaired) and their families. Strategies are provided to enable clinicians to modify risk, when appropriate, and to address the difficult issue of what to do if their patient is thought to be a safety risk to themselves and others because they continue to drive.  

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