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10 Urgent Signs It’s Time for Your Loved One to Stop Driving

November 26, 2017

As a person grows older, they often reach a point where it is no longer safe for them to get behind the wheel of a car. While there is no designated age when this occurs, there are some signs and symptoms that indicate when it might be time for a senior citizen to stop driving. If they wind up lost in areas that were previously familiar, or if their car gradually begins to sport more scratches and dents, then it might be time to consider alternatives. Other warning signals include frequent citations from or stops by police officers; medical conditions that can lead to weakened driving ability; reluctance to get behind the wheel; impaired vision or reflexes; noticeable changes in driving habits; and, finally, concern from those who are close to them.

Key Takeaways:

  • If a senior citizen winds up lost in an area that was previously familiar, it is a warning sign that driving may no longer be a safe practice for them
  • Be on the lookout for impaired vision or reflexes, both of which are common aging side effects that make driving a hazard
  • If those close to a senior citizen, or the senior citizen themselves express concern over their driving ability, these concerns should be taken seriously

“Whether it’s a parent, friend, or even yourself, everyone wants to continue driving as long as they can do so safely.”

Read more: https://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/elderly-driver-warning-signs/

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Tyler Williams

As an Area Owner and Operator of a Home Matters Caregiving franchise, I am committed to ensuring exceptional outcomes for our valued clients and caregivers. My passion for elevating our service quality is matched by my role as a blogger and social media manager for the franchise, where I share insights, updates, and foster community engagement. Prior to senior care, I used my strategic communication and brand development skills as the Marketing Director of a regional bank. My diverse experience supports my commitment to excellence and innovation in both healthcare and digital communication.
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