OLDER DRIVER SAFETY

What can Family Members and Caregivers Do?

 

The decision regarding your loved one’s fitness to drive is not an easy topic.  Many people consider driving “their independence” and their primary method of continuing to engage in their everyday, meaningful activities.  Families and caregivers are on the front lines of supporting an older driver and to monitor older drivers for red-flags that may indicate your loved one is at risk behind the wheel.     

 

 

MONITOR for warning signs that your loved one may be

 at risk behind the wheel:

 

  • Getting lost in familiar areas 

  • New dents or scratches on their vehicle 

  • Speeding or driving too slowly 

  • Recent ticket for traffic violation 

  • Recent crash or near miss  

  • Advised to limit driving due to medical condition 

  • Taking medication that could potentially impair driving 

  • Medical conditions that could impact driving 

          §  Source: NHTSA: Older Drivers 

 

 

 Conversation tips: 

  • Communicate openly and respectfully 

  • Address the topic early.  Avoid a more difficult conversation when it’s too late.  

  • Avoid an intervention.  Keep the conversation between you and the family member of concern.   

  • Make privacy a priority 

  • Never make assumptions.  Focus on the facts and be prepared with pertinent information prior to the conversation. 

  • Utilize The Driver Planning Agreement.  This document helps families plan together for continued, safe mobility both behind the wheel and/or through alternative transportation.  

§ Source:  SeniorDriving.AAA.com

 

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