Driving all by themselves is a privilege and a mark of independence for Americans. Older parents will not be happy over giving their car keys and rely upon others to commute. Family members may keep them away from driving, fearing an accident or crash but parents often become reluctant with the interference of their children.
Older Drivers on Road
As per the survey conducted by Federal Highway Administration, there will be about 21 million drivers who are licensed yet old in United States. However, old is not defined by age. Drivers of age 60 can also become too old to drive on North Dakota roads. There can be certain physical limitations in every person getting old which makes driving difficult. But few senior citizens will be capable enough to drive even at their 80s and 90s. A survey by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that older drivers have become very cautious with their driving. They are driving more carefully and hence less number of accidents or collisions involving them. Count on fatal accidents have gradually reduced when compared to the earlier survey made.
As per the National Safety Commission, there are certain signs which can be followed by the loved ones of old people in order to gauge their driving ability:
- They are having trouble in paying attention to road signs and traffic signals.
- If getting more tickets for violating traffic rules
- Driving slow than the traffic flow
- An increase in number of collisions or small crashes
- Difficulty in navigation or remembering their destination
- More number of dents on vehicle
Telling your beloved parent to stop getting behind the wheels all by themselves would be difficult. But you need to discuss their medical conditions with them which is troubling their drive. If convincing them becomes impossible then advice them to take the vehicle during day time and to travel short distances.