The dangers new drivers present to the general population has been well-documented. However, a factor that is not often considered is the amount of car accidents caused by senior citizens. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, drivers aged 65 and older are more likely to be involved in a highway crash or lose their life in a vehicle accident. However, telling an older individual they might not be safe on the roadway is a difficult subject to address. Read below to learn the warning signs that your loved one might be at an increased risk for accidents and how to address the issue:
- Your loved one gets lost frequently:
Most drivers tend to drive the same routes over and over again to work or other frequently visited destinations. Therefore, it is a bad sign when a senior’s habitual route suddenly seems unfamiliar to them and they begin to get lost.
- You notice their car has a few dings:
Another sign that your loved one should not be driving is near misses in regards to accidents. This is most often noticed when you see dings and dents on their vehicle.
- You realize they are becoming physically impaired:
Although a senior’s mind can be sharp, their body often fails them. If you notice your loved one showing signs of limited mobility, it could be time to take the car keys away. After all, all driver needs to have the ability to maneuver well when they are making turns or backing up, meaning physical limitations can become a real danger.
- You notice they are getting tickets more often:
It is common for anyone to receive a speeding ticket every now and then. However, if you notice your loved one is acquiring a large amount of tickets for reckless driving, speeding or going under the speed limit, it could be time to insist they give up their keys.
How to have the talk with aging loved ones:
When it becomes obvious that your loved one needs to turn in their keys for good, you have to be able to convenience them to cooperate, without embarrassing them in any way.
Experts recommend that anyone who tells a senior driver that they no longer need to drive do the following:
- Speak with respect: This is a difficult turn of events for an older person to deal with. After all, driving is their means to freedom, and you are asking them to give it up. Therefore, remember to respect their feelings and don’t belittle them.
- Provide alternate transportation: Since you are asking them to give up their means of transportation to and from their appointments or social engagements, it will help them deal with things better if you provide an alternative in regards to transportation. This could be giving buying them a bus pass, if that type of transportation is available, or offering to come and get them and take them where they need to go yourself.
Older drivers can be just as dangerous on the roadways as young drivers; therefore, being aware of the warning signs that reveal a senior should no longer be allowed on the roadway and knowing how to address the issue is vital.
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