The rules of the road are constantly evolving. We could all use a refresher every now and then to keep our skills up.
To review your driving knowledge, you can visit any driver licensing office to pick up a copy of ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart or Tuning Up for Drivers. You can also try taking the online practice knowledge test.
You might also want to consider driver training or taking a refresher course for experienced drivers.
Driving can be emotionally and physically demanding. Get medical check-ups as recommended by your physician to identify and manage health risks.
Driving also relies heavily upon your vision. Be sure to get regular eye exams to check for vision changes and wear glasses or contacts if required.
At age 80 and every two years thereafter, you will need a Driver’s Medical Examination Report (DMER) completed by your physician, as required by the provincial Superintendent of Motor Vehicles. They may also refer you for an Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA).
- Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation
- Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre Society
- Young Seniors Action Group
- Elder College
- Ladysmith Seniors Centre Society
- Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre
We broke this area into 4 areas: Vehicles, Pedestrians, Scooters & Cyclists
VEHICLES: BCAA has information to help seniors and their loved ones assess driving skills, learn about changing abilities and if needed, modify driving habits. Knowing the effects aging can have on our driving is a key step to remaining safe on the road. BCAA wants to help you gain the knowledge to stay safe behind the wheel by sharing our Senior Driver Toolkit that contains assessment tools, video tips & expert advice. Get your free Senior Driver Toolkit.
‘Living Well, Driving Well Workshops’ South Cowichan Community Policing offers great information to increase your awareness about the effects of aging on driving. This workshop will provide information and tools to assist you to:
- Adapt to age-related changes
- Review your own driving
- Plan to keep mobile.
PEDESTRIANS: Visibility is all important. When walking never assume – you could be right, but dead right???
SCOOTERS: This is from Michael Creurer on ‘The Guide to Scooter Safety’ “When I purchased my first scooter 10 years ago I thought that because I knew how to drive a car, using a scooter would be easy. In some respects I was correct; it was not too difficult for me to learn how to negotiate my new scooter around, but what I did not realize was that when I took to the streets, I was unfamiliar with the pedestrian laws……Sometimes we encounter curb cuts which are inadequate, attempt to enter buildings that are not accessible, use public or private transportation and negotiate the myriad of situations which may arise” Follow this link for your FREE BOOKLET that covers everything you may encounter.
CYCLISTS: Visibility, Visibility, Visibility! Slow down and use your shoulder checks. Give vehicles lots of room. Never ride on sidewalks. Wear your helmets.
An excellent directory of Services for Seniors can be found on the Better at Home Program | VOLUNTEER COWICHAN website including a new program called ‘Better at Home’. Services include: Transportation, Friendly Visiting, Light Yard Work, Light Housekeeping, Minor Home Repairs, Grocery Shopping, Snow Removal. There is a cost for most services but some are free depending on a person’s income level. Better at Home – Services Available
Elder abuse is a serious issue in BC that undermines the health, independence and dignity of older adults, but you can help. Learn more about recognizing, responding to and preventing elder abuse by visiting SeniorsBC.ca. If you need information, advice or support call:
SAIL is a confidential means for seniors to speak to a professional intake worker about issues that affect their well-being, receive information, or learn about our programs.
Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) line Toll-Free at 1-866-437-1940 weekdays 8am to 8pm and weekends 10am to 5:30pm or visit SeniorsBC.ca. If it is an emergency, call 911
SAIL intake workers can assist with:
- Identifying caller’s issues and immediate, short-term, or potential long-term needs.
- Completing intake to internal programs for callers to access SFBC services.
- Providing general information and referrals to community and/or government services.
- Providing follow-up calls to callers who are at risk.
- Providing information about abuse and neglect, escalation, and risk.
- Facilitating reporting of abuse, neglect, and self-neglect.
Our staff have just completed a 6-part Senior’s Safety Workshop. We have plenty of resources and knowledge which we would love to share. Give us a call, we’d be happy to visit you. We’ll bring along all sorts of information addressing any one of these concerns:
- Home & Personal Safety
- Internet Frauds & Scams
- Road Safety
- Identity Fraud & Scams
- How to Identify Abuse and Investment Scams & Counterfeit money
Home and Personal Safety
Most Canadians feel safe in their homes. However, many of us fail to take even fundamental precautions to secure our homes against robbery. Do what you can to reduce the opportunity. There are many ways to be proactive around your home: windows, doors & locks, lights – interior/exterior, alarms, shrubbery, outside ladders. We’ve lots of ideas to eliminate the opportunity. Block Watch is a must in your neighbourhood.
Internet Frauds & Scams
We Canadians are 2nd in the world for being scammed by fraudsters. Be extra cautious and safe on the internet. Cyberbullying is a fact. Read the fine-print before signing up for a new website. Change passwords regularly. Don’t divulge too much information on Facebook.
Scams and cybercrimes can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
If you have been a victim of a scam, fraud or cybercrime, please contact your local police as soon as possible.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is a national police service that gathers intelligence on fraud across Canada and assists Police of Jurisdiction with enforcement and prevention efforts. We help citizens and businesses:
- report fraud
- learn about different types of fraud
- recognize the warning signs of fraud
- protect themselves from fraud
It is also recommended that you report the instance of a scam, fraud or cybercrime, whether you are a victim or not, to the Canadian Anti Freud Centre’s Toll free number 1-888-495-8501 or online Choose a secure Sign-In Method | Royal Canadian Mounted Police (rcmp-grc.gc.ca). They answer calls Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4:45 pm (Eastern time) and close on holidays.