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Carlton Senior Living | February 1, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

How To Determine That Seniors Should Not Drive Anymore

smiling-senior-woman-driving-carWe have previously talked about the difficulty of getting our older loved ones from behind the wheel here, but it might still be difficult how to approach the subject. These are just a few of the ways that can help you determine that it is time for our older loved one to stop driving.

  • Medical evaluation:Loved ones should talk to the general practitioner that offers primary care for the elderly individual if they want to know about the person’s ability to drive. The doctor can assess the patient’s mental and physical capabilities, and if necessary, can recommend that the driver give up his or her driving privileges. In fact, getting the doctor involved can help soften the blow when approaching our older loved ones about giving up a bit of independence for their greater safety and the safety of others.
  • Laws:There are many laws that affect seniors who drive, including regulations regarding neurological testing, eye examinations, and testing at different ages or intervals. Understanding the local and state laws regarding senior driving help in managing elderly people who drive, their privileges, and ensures that there are no unwarranted or undesired liabilities that arise in the event an accident occurs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHA) lists state information pertaining to the provisions related to renewing one’s license.
  • Driving Experts: A driver rehabilitation expert can help in examining a person’s motor skills, cognitive abilities, and vision and can give our older loved ones a road test to assess real-time skills when driving. The AAA Foundation for Driver Safety (AAA) supplies a listing of specialists you can contact for more information.
  • Lawyers: Find out more about the ramifications of an injury or accident when the elderly drive. Even though some of our older loved ones might be a little stubborn when they hear from us, they are far more likely to take the advice of a legal professional.

Make Sure To Show Compassion

Consider your loved one’s feelings and be as compassionate as you can be. Take the individual’s feelings seriously and take the time to listen to them when they talk to you about how they feel. You might have to call on other family members for a gentle intervention if you find that you cannot reach a consensus