How to Talk About Driving Concerns
Family and friends play a large role in keeping older family members safe on the road, but sometimes it's hard to start the conversation. You may feel:
- Nervous about the person's response;
- Fearful of seeming disrespectful;
- Guilty of not being able to meet the older person's transportation needs;
- Fearful that the older person will feel cut off; or
- Concern that the older driver may not want to bother others for rides.
The best time to start talking about it is before there is a problem. Friends and family members can be ready for the discussion with the following:
Reporting an Unsafe Driver
Anyone may report an unsafe driver under DMV's Medically At-Risk Driver Program. You should send in the report based on a person's medical state and/or driving behaviors.
Emergency Contact Information
The Next of Kin Registry is a FREE tool that keeps the following information:
- Emergency contacts;
- Next of kin; and
- Key medical information.
Your information is secure. Only local, state, and sometimes federal agencies can see the data. When you sign up, you will get a label to place on your ID or driver license.