Whether we are driving to the grocery store or to a family member’s birthday, it gives us a great sense of independence in life. But what are the telltale signs that our mom and dad should stop driving?
When the time comes to talk to our parents about giving up driving, it can be a challenging conversation to have. It might even feel as if it is one of the hardest discussions to have with them. But we understand it’s important to ensure they are safe, and their independence isn’t lost, they just need an extra hand.
How You Can Tell if it’s Time for Your Senior Parent to Stop Driving?
If mom or dad are showing any of the following signs, it might be time to sit down and have a conversation with them.
- For certain road conditions, driving too fast or too slow
- Hitting curbs while turning or backing up – noticing frequent dents or scrapes on the car
- Becoming confused or distracted easily
- In unexpected events, having a delayed reaction
- Getting lost frequently and in familiar places
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When we decide it’s the right time to sit down and have the conversation, we might be thinking, where to begin? The important thing is to begin as early as you can. If you wait until something happens it could result in a medical problem, or worse. Suggestions before these events can ensure safety and reliability. It can also create a better understanding and awareness of what is happening.
Giving up driving is a big lifestyle change for many older adults, admitting that it is not easy and sharing events you’ve noticed can create a better trust in the situation. But as always, consult with your family and physician and add them to the important conversation with your parents. The more everyone is on the same page the more credible your conversation will be.
Nevertheless, offering other transportation choices will ensure that they can still maneuver their retirement lifestyle while keeping themselves and others safe at hand.