7 Signs Your Elderly Parents Should Stop Driving


When growing up, your parents have always looked out for you to ensure you get the best life possible. One of the essential things they have done for you is to ensure you get a driving license. They monitor you until they are sure you can drive with minimal supervision.

As your parent’s age, the responsibility of looking out for them shifts to you. You have to stay vigilant to provide them with the love, care, and support they need. Senior living requires vigilance, and driving is one of the essential things to look out for. Signs that your parents should stop driving include:

Car Accidents

Car accidents can happen to anyone at some point in life. However, if you notice so many dents and fresh scrapes on your parent’s car, you should talk to them and understand if it was an accident they could avoid. If the dents occur frequently, you might politely ask them to give up their driving license.

Strenuous eyesight or hearing

Driving needs good eyesight and hearing. If you notice your parents struggle to see from a distance or have difficulty hearing, driving is also strenuous. Drivers need to see incoming cars and hear hooting from other vehicles on the road ahead. If your parents struggle to see oncoming vehicles or objects near them, you should advise them to give up driving.

Delayed response

How do your parents react to particular emergencies? Are they able to step on brake pads quickly? A good driver should have quick response reflexes. If your parent has delayed responses, it is hazardous as they can get into an accident. You should advise them to quit driving.

Easily Exhausted

Driving needs a person to stay vigilant at all times. If your parent gets easily worn out after a small physical exercise and depends mainly on assisted living, they should give up driving. When a person is tired, they quickly get distracted and can easily cause accidents.

Tickets

Have your parents been pulled up frequently due to committing traffic offenses? Can they rectify the mistake? You should politely talk to them and understand why they were pulled up. If the situation persists, advise them to get assistance.

Nervous driving

A nervous driver can keep changing lanes or easily get distracted without minding their blind spots. If you notice your aged parents are nervous when driving or other people are getting scared, you should advise them to lay off driving.

Declining health

An aged person who depends on assisted living or has medical conditions like high blood pressure, arthritis, or Asthma, should stop driving and focus on their health conditions first before hitting the road.

Main benefits of;

  • Staring the conversation early

Starting the conversation early will make your parents realize why you advise them to lay off their driving licenses.

  • Being empathetic

Empathizing with them will make them feel that you understand their emotions.

  • Visiting the DMV

Conclusion

Taking your parents for a refresher course with the DMV will enable them to renew their driving skills.

If you notice any of these signs, you should start the conversation early and make your parents understand what’s at risk if they keep driving. Do not take the license by force; instead, be empathetic and assure your parents nothing changes if they stop driving. You can also visit the DMV for refresher courses, and if they cannot keep up, it is time to give up their driving license.

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