As your parents get older, they may not be able to do the things they once did quite so easily — or quite so safely. This includes driving. Eventually, your parents may reach a point where they really should not be getting behind the wheel any more. It may fall to you to initiate this conversation with them, and also to help accommodate their transportation needs.
How do you know when that day has come, though? What are some of the foremost indicators of a diminished ability to drive? Here are a few guidelines to help you make the call:
Your parent has an accident. This one is almost a no-brainer. If Mom or Dad is in an accident, that should prompt you to take stock and to seriously ask yourself whether they can be trusted behind the wheel. Of course, the accident may legitimately be someone else’s fault, but still: Investigation and reflection are important here.
Your parents start to get frequent traffic violations. If Mom or Dad have been model drivers all their life but suddenly start getting a lot of tickets, that may suggest that they have started driving erratically — not necessarily aggressively, but perhaps inattentively.
Your parents’ vehicle starts to get beat up. A car that suddenly has a lot of little scrapes and dings may point to certain driving impairments — lapses in judgment, slowed reflexes, or poor vision, for example.
Your parents express anxiety over driving. If your parents seem worried about driving, that’s reason enough to consider taking their keys.
Your parents have delayed reaction times. When the reflexes start to go, that’s when driving really becomes unsafe.
Be on the lookout for these telltale signs — and do not hesitate to initiate this talk with your parents. It could very well save their life. Learn more about how CountryHouse can provide a safe environment for your aging parent by calling us today.
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