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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: 

Helpful resources:

Reporting an Unsafe Driver

Anyone can report an unsafe driver using DMV’s Driver Evaluation Request.  The report must describe the specific driving behaviors of concern.  If the concern is related to a medical condition/impairment that impacts safe driving, describe how the condition specifically impacts their ability to drive safely. The report must be signed by the reporter as DMV cannot accept anonymous reports.

Health care providers are required to report potentially unsafe drivers – using DMV’s Mandatory Impairment Referral – when there is reason to believe the driver’s health conditions impact their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. 

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.

Talking About Aging and Driving