Talking with someone about the need to stop driving can be challenging but has been shown to be effective. In a survey conducted by the Hartford/MIT AgeLab of 7,200 adults aged 50 and above, they found that more than half of the participants followed the suggestions made in conversations with friends and family about driving.
Friends and family members can be better prepared for the discussion with the following:
The Oregon DMV provides a brochure, “Retiring from Driving: When Someone You Know Should Give Up Driving
,” which includes tips for families and caregivers.
The Older Driver Safety Conversations Web site
, sponsored by the Hartford Insurance Company, provides information to help families address sensitive subjects, such as driving, and fostering meaningful conversations with older drivers. Suggestions are given on how to prepare for a conversation, what to do when having the conversation and what to do after the conversation is finished.
The AMA’s How to Help The Older Driver
brochure provides tips on determining if your loved one is an unsafe driver and what to do if you are concerned about his or her driving. Driving Decisions in Later Life,
a publication of the Pacific Northwest Extension, provides information to caregivers and family members on how to talk to a family member about stopping driving and what to do if they insist on continuing to drive.