That despite how difficult it may be to tell a parent it is time for them not to drive anymore, the liability exposure warrants a serious discussion about the topic. Signs that it may be time for the discussion include: too many near misses; difficulty turning to check traffic; losing their way; slow responses; having a badly battered car; difficulty turning the steering wheel quickly and effectively; slower to spot vehicles emerging from side streets and driveways; driving angry; and, too many tickets. Any one of these issues may give rise to some concern but serious attention should be given if more than one category of conduct is occurring on a regular basis.
Even if one finds that they need to reduce their driving or give up the keys, it doesn’t mean the end of their independence. Seeking alternative methods of transportation can offer health and social benefits, as well as a welcome change of pace to life.