Transitioning from driving

Get help with decision-making and planning as you prepare to stop driving.

If driving is becoming difficult or stressful, it could be time to think about cutting down or stopping altogether. Having a plan is the best way to stay mobile – with or without a car.

Making a decision

In Victoria, you’re allowed to drive up to any age so long as it’s safe to do so. This means it’s important to self-monitor your driving.  All drivers, no matter what age, should routinely consider ‘am I still fit to drive?’

If you’re finding driving difficult or stressful, it’s important to consider reducing your driving or choose the option to surrender, or give up your licence.

If VicRoads has concerns about the safety of your driving, you may be asked to complete a medical review. 

Getting prepared

If you’re thinking about reducing you driving or choosing to give up driving, plan ahead to make life easier:

  • Think about where you live and how you may be affected if you’re unable to drive. Would it be helpful to move closer to family, friends, public transport, shops or hospitals?
  • Talk to your family and friends about how they could help you adjust.
  • Learn to use public transport while you’re still driving. 
  • Explore other services that could help you stay mobile. 

Find out more about getting around without a car. 

Get support

There is support available to help you with this important life transition. Your doctor will be able to provide you with a list of local community health and council services. 

What if I own a car?

If you decide to sell your car read getting around without a car for some good tips.

What to consider if wanting to sell:

  • check the value of your car using the classified ads for cars in the daily newspapers or online car sales websites, as a guide  
  • to ensure you get a fair price for your car consult a trusted family member or friend before making any major decisions
  • request a free copy of the booklet 'Better Car Deals: a car buyers guide'  from RACV or download at racv.com.au (External link) or consumer.vic.gov.au (External link).

Next steps:

Depending on the value of your car, you may decide to give it to a relative or friend who needs a car.  If you do then make sure you notify VicRoads if you have transferred registration. You can download a Transfer of Registration form [PDF 102 Kb] or get one from your local VicRoads Customer Service Centre (External link)

If you decide to keep your car for you or for others to use, even occasionally, it needs to be registered and insured. Remember to calculate the costs of keeping your car. Check the 'My Car' link on racv.com.au (External link) for car owning and operating costs, which includes servicing, insurance, registration, finance, depreciation, fuel and tyres.  

Retiring from driving

Eventually we will all need to stop driving. The ideal approach to retiring from driving is to gradually transition from regular driving, to using alternative transport options. 

Retiring from driving [PDF 565Kb]

 

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