Senior Driving Safety
What are some common driving issues for the elderly?
Some common issues the elderly may have with driving include hearing difficulties, slower reaction times, vision issues, mental health issues, dementia, and problems with physical movements.
How do I talk to my elderly loved one about not driving?
Many seniors view driving as a means to independence and are therefore resistant to any suggestions that they stop driving, even if they are posing a danger to others around them.
When approaching your loved one about not driving anymore, it’s important to be calm and respectful and to explain your concerns about their driving without blame. Come up with alternate plans for getting around that will allow your loved one to retain their independence.
What alternatives to driving are there?
Before approaching your loved one about their driving, it’s important to research alternative options so they can maintain their independence.
These options may include community driving agencies, local carpool groups, car services, or family members that can take them wherever they need to be.