Seniors may feel like they’re giving up their freedom by turning in the car keys, but safety comes first. There are certain signs to look out for when it comes to making the decision to stop driving.
What Are the 6 Signs for Seniors to Stop Driving
Even though you may feel like you’re still adequate at driving, there could be certain things to look out for that could be warning signs.
These signs are:
1. Getting in Troublesome Situations
If your incidences of nearly getting in an accident increase this could mean that your eyesight or motor skills are deteriorating. Don’t take your chances and get into an accident that could potentially be fatal. Visit an optometrist to see if your eyesight is still good enough to be driving.
2. Car Isn’t Looking So Pretty
If you’re car is starting to have more dents or scrapes on it that normal then this could be worrisome. Also, blemishes could start showing up on mailboxes and garage doors showing that your driving skills aren’t as sharp as they once were.
3. Losing Track of Where You Are
Getting lost can happen to everyone, but if it’s in a place that your familiar with this could be a warning sign. This could be an indication of cognitive decline, which can increase the chances of distress and the inability to get help in an unknown area.
4. Trouble Seeing Signs
If you’re having trouble seeing road signs then it might mean that it’s time for new glasses. Although, it could have further meaning, such as a decline in cognition. Signs of this are misgauging distances at intersections and highway on-off ramps.
5. Decline in Reflexes
It’s natural with aging that our reflexes will get slower, but when will it come to the point of putting ourselves in danger. Slow response times for struggling with the pedals could be a serious safety concern. The consequences could be tragic, especially if a senior mistakes the brake for the accelerator.
6. Difficulty Concentrating
If a senior has a hard time staying focused on the road and higher incidences of road rage it could mean that it’s no longer safe to drive.
How to Discuss the Topic with your Senior-Loved One
Discussing driving issues with an older adult can be challenging, but making sure they’re safe is important. One way to handle their reluctance is to find other acceptable transportation alternatives, such as the bus nor senior shuttle. Another strategy is to highlight the advantages of giving up driving, such as savings in cars and insurance.
Be respectful throughout the discussion in whatever direction you choose as you express your worries and recognize their emotions. While these discussions are anything but simple, the correct strategy can assist you reach a shared choice by creating a beneficial outcome.
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