Talking to a loved one about when it’s time to stop driving is a hard conversation to have. However, it’s an important one to be had. Since this topic can open a can of worms, make sure that there is reason to suspect that your loved one may be a dangerous driver. Below are some signs to look out for.
- Decreasing confidence while driving.
- Delayed reactions to situations.
- New dents or scrapes on the car.
- Driving at inappropriate speeds for road conditions.
- Frequently hitting curbs when making turns or backing up.
- Not wanting to drive at night.
- Changes in driving behavior. Ex: Becoming more of an aggressive driver.
- Becoming drowsy behind the wheel often.
- Increasing complaints of vision problems.
Having one of these issues alone may not be enough to indicate that the person is now a danger on the road. Having multiple, though, is cause for concern. Remember, just because someone is older, that does not mean he or she is automatically a dangerous driver. Plenty of retirees are capable drivers well into their 80s and even early 90s. Make sure first that you are not letting their age make you biased when examining their driving behaviors.