IF YOU’RE A FAMILY CAREGIVER: CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE TALKING TO AN OLDER DRIVER
Getting older does not necessarily mean a person’s driving days are over. But it’s important to plan ahead and take steps to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. NHTSA offers free material to help you learn more about how to recognize and discuss changes in your older loved one’s driving.
If you think you need to have a conversation with an older driver about his or her driving abilities, re- member that many older drivers look at driving as a form of independence. Bringing up the subject of their driving abilities can make some drivers de- fensive. So, be prepared with your observations and questions, and—if necessary—provide possible transportation alternatives.
Answering the following questions may help you decide if you need to initiate a conversation with an older driver about driving safely:
- Getting lost on routes that should be familiar?
- Noticing new dents or scratches to the vehicle?
- Receiving a ticket for a driving violation?
- Experiencing a near-miss or crash recently?
- Being advised to limit/stop driving due to a health reason?
- Overwhelmed by road signs and markings while driving?
- Taking any medication that might affect driving safely?
- Speeding or driving too slowly for no reason?
- Suffering from any illnesses that may affect driving skills?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might need to talk with your loved one about safe driving.