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When Should You Stop Driving?

A great part of being independent is knowing how to drive. Being able to move from place to another becomes easier when you know how to drive. But, with age and certain other indications, it is wise to quit or stop driving.

How would you know if it is the right time to quit driving? We will see here in this article.

When people start growing older, their vision seems to deplete and so does their reflex. In this case, having a close look at their driving skills becomes really necessary.

People with problems like dementia should avoid driving in order to ensure their safety.


How to evaluate your ability to drive?

As per a survey done by AAA, it was reported that older people seem to be really reluctant in giving up driving because this, in a way, takes away their independence.

People with the following health conditions should avoid driving:

  • Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, vision or hearing ailments, Stroke, Arthritis.
  • People on medication for treating insomnia, treat anxiety etc.
  • Parkinson’s disease and arthritis reduce flexibility in the body. Therefore, quick action required while driving is restrained.

Once an individual reaches the age of 85, they should give up driving because even if they are completely fit, there can be certain issues with the reaction time, vision and the like.

If you do not want to give up on driving completely, here are a few factors that must be taken care of:

  • Avoid driving on the expressways, unknown roads places far away from the native or home.
  • Do not drive in harsh weather conditions. Keep the music low and avoid talking over the phone.

Signs that you need to stop driving

  • If you often get confused between the traffic signals or lights. For instance- stopping at the green light or moving when the signal is red.
  • If you are unable to perceive the distance between the car sideways leading to scratches or sometimes accidents.

If you have anyone in your family who is experiencing such signs, it is highly recommended to get their driving ability evaluated on a priority at a state licensing agency, a rehab or a driving school.

How to cope up with restricted driving?

People who have been driving independently for quite a long period of time, find it really difficult to quit driving or cope up with the same.

Sometimes they are too adamant to abide by the change. In this case, their loved ones should encourage them to opt for delivery services or at home services for ordering food, vegetables, household products, calling a barber etc.

Also, project them towards other means of transport like asking some friends or family to drive them to places they wish to go. Look for some agency that provides driving service for the older people.

Promote them to use a public bus, train – tell them it is both fast and really affordable.

Thus, it can be concluded that turning from a driver to a passenger might be difficult for an individual but with the help of family, friends, and various alternate arrangements, you can simplify the things largely.