Older Driver Safety
TALKING WITH SENIORS ABOUT SAFE DRIVING
For many seniors, driving is essential to maintaining independence. But the ability can be affected by physical and mental conditions as we age.
Age is not the sole predictor of driving ability and safety. However, there is evidence that most of us experience age-related declines in our physical and mental abilities that can affect our ability to drive safely.
Older drivers and their families should discuss their driving as they age, their families should look for warning signs that might signal a need for a change, and seniors and families should investigate resources that can support their needs.
Conversations about safe driving seldom happen often enough, and when they do, the older person fears – sometimes accurately – that someone is trying to take the car keys away. The decision about driving for older adults is an emotionally charged issue, but it does not have to be that way.