Driving Ms. Daisy

7 Signs That Your Parents Shouldn’t Be Driving

After experiencing the freedom of driving, few like the idea of depending on others or public transportation to transport themselves.  However there comes a time when it is much more safe for the parent and others on the road to look at alternative means of transportation.  Here are some warning signs to look out for.

1.TOO MANY NEAR MISSES – We all experience close calls while driving, but these should be rare occurrences. If you are afraid your parents can’t keep their mind on the traffic, it’s a strong indication that the driving should stop.

2.  DIFFICULTY TURNING TO CHECK TRAFFIC – Defensive drivers need to be aware of surrounding traffic, especially when parking a vehicle, making lane changes or looking out for bike riders.

3. LOSING THEIR  WAY – Anyone can get lost, but if this becomes a pattern, it may signal memory loss

4. SLOW RESPONSES – Drivers must be able to quickly respond to sudden changes, in traffic, pedestrians, bike riders and react to emergency situations.

5.  HAVING A BADLY BATTERED CAR – Noticed a growing number of dings and dents on your parents car?

6.  DRIVING ANGRY – An inability to cope with the normal frustrations of driving without a loss of temper could indicate that your parent is no longer mentally fit to drive.

7.  TOO MANY TICKETS – If your parents are cited frequently, you need to find out why.

QUESTIONING YOUR PARENTS ABILITY TO DRIVE CAN BE A CHALLENGING CONVERSATION TO HAVE.  THESE ARE THE THREE THINGS THAT AARP RECOMMENDS:

**  Get the facts and learn the warning signs
** Educate yourself so that you are prepared
** Prepare for and initiate a thoughtful  conversation

If you see the warning signs, it may be time to involve your parents’ doctor.  Sometimes problems can be corrected.  If poor vision is a hindrance, perhaps your parents can limit driving to daylight hours.  If poor health has diminished their abilities, they may be able to get back behind the wheel after treatment.  At times, a doctor will recommend that driving should be stopped altogether.

A refresher course in driver safety can reinforce good driving skills, teach new ones, and help change driving habits.  These classes may offer tips on how to improve awareness and avoid collisions.

As always, please feel free to call my office and discuss any concerns that you have.   We are happy to help you determine the course of action to take, alternatives that seem reasonable and compassionate and look for overall solutions of protecting the safety of the senior driver as well as others on the road.

Any questions? Please let us know at Magnolia Insurance Agency.

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

3424 W McGraw St
Seattle, WA 98199

(206) 284-4886

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