As a person ages, older drivers generally become more cautious on the road. Many older drivers adjust their driving habits (for instance to avoid busy highways or night-time driving) in recognition of their declining capabilities. However, statistics show that older drivers are more likely to be involved in vehicle crashes, particularly at intersections.
Three behavioural factors in particular may contribute to these statistics: poor judgement in making left-hand turns; not keeping within the traffic lane; and decreased ability to react quickly in response to an unexpected or rapidly changing situation.
What can you do?
Before you bring up the subject, keep in mind that the thought of losing the driver’s license is very upsetting to older people. People rely upon their cars to get to work, go to the doctor, go shopping, and visit their friends and relatives.
The elderly associate losing their driving privileges with being independent, feeling trapped and controlled. It even takes away spontaneity in life.
Discussing driving abilities with an older person requires great diplomacy. Talk about the effects that medications can have, changes in eyesight, peripheral vision and of course reflexes.
What can we do?
Caring 4 U Support Services helps the elderly maintain independence by taking them to their appointments and we will even attend the appointment with them. It is always good to have a second pair of ears. Caring 4 U will take seniors shopping, to visit friends and relatives or running errands.
If an elder wishes to be more active in community programs or activities that they once enjoyed doing, Caring 4 U will work to give them back quality of life.