Getting older does not mean a person's driving days are over. It is important, however, to plan ahead and take steps to ensure the safety of older loved ones on the road. If you think you need to have a conversation with an older driver about his or her driving abilities, remember that many older drivers look at driving as a form of independence. Bringing up the subject of their driving abilities can make some drivers defensive. Be prepared with your observations and questions, and, if necessary, provide possible transportation alternatives.
These free materials will help you learn more about how to recognize and discuss changes in your older loved one's driving, as well as give you conversation starters for what can be a difficult topic for many older drivers.