Back to ResourcesDriving ourselves around is one of those tasks that can become difficult as we get older. It can mean putting ourselves and others on the road in danger if we continue to drive without the physical or mental abilities to stay safe on the road. How do you know when it’s time to surrender your driver’s license or when it is the right time for you to talk with your aging loved one about their driving abilities? Solterra Senior Living in Arizona has listed below what signs to watch out for when trying to determine when it is time for someone to stop driving, and how to best approach the subject with your aging loved one when it is time for them to surrender their driver’s license:
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When is the Right Time for Seniors to Stop Driving?
Driving ourselves around is one of those tasks that can become difficult as we get older.
Warning Signs That Indicate it is Time to Stop DrivingSafely driving a vehicle goes well beyond the know-how of driving and the years of experience. You must also be in good enough physical health and have the cognitive ability to safely navigate roadways and traffic to keep everyone safe. If you notice some of the warning signs listed below, it may be time to have that difficult conversation with your senior loved one in order to keep them safe:
- Unexplained dents or scratches on the outside of their vehicle
- Unable to stay within their traffic lane or find the correct lane to be in
- Hitting curbs when trying to make turns
- Getting lost in familiar locations
- Unable to react to traffic signals appropriately
- Frequent fender benders or close calls
- Inability to react to unexpected traffic situations in a reasonable amount of time
- Not maintaining appropriate speeds on the roadways