No one wants to lose any privileges, particularly those related to driving. It is important for senior citizens to remain honest with themselves and know when it is time to hang up the car keys for good. When your loved ones approach you about putting an end to driving, take their concerns genuinely; they only look out for your best interest.
Many people can continue to drive well into their 80s, while others need to stop driving much sooner. Remain aware of your personal driving capabilities, and if you notice any of the following beginning to happen, then it is paramount you stop driving before you end up in a collision:
1. Changes in driving behavior
Years ago, you may have been able to drive perfectly fine. However, now you become tense easily and become distracted often. You may also become less aware of your surroundings and not come to a complete stop at the appropriate signs. You should also check to make sure you still fasten your seat belt every time you get behind the wheel.
2. Unexplained damage to the car
When you drive, you may not realize when you hit a curb. If this happens often enough, then it will result in significant damage to the underside of the vehicle. You should also watch for scrapes and dings on the side.
3. Health deteriorates
Even if you think you are a safe driver, it is better to play it safe rather than sorry if your health ever takes a turn for the worse. Anyone diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia should speak with a doctor about whether it is still safe to operate a vehicle. Additional health conditions that impact a person's ability to operate a car include:
- Parkinson's disease
- Vision and hearing problems
There are plenty of ways to get around town without a vehicle. Talk to your family members if you worry about your ability to drive.