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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 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.

Talking About Aging and Driving

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