Driving can be dangerous, no matter your age. However, as your loved one ages, they may be putting themselves in more danger when they’re behind the wheel. How do you know when it’s time to stop driving? What do you do after they stop?

Read below for helpful tips and information.

Look for the signs

There are several signs to watch for that could indicate your loved one may need to stop driving. If they are having trouble seeing road signs or turning to check the cars in the next lane, this could be a sign that it has become more dangerous to have them behind the wheel. If they get lost or confused frequently, like mixing up the gas pedal with the breaks, it may be the right time to turn in the keys before it’s too late. Driving too fast or too slow for the speed limit could be another sign that you may need to reevaluate their transportation situation.

Keep a look out for signs like these to indicate if your loved one should retire from driving.

Talk about it

It can be difficult for aging adults to give up something they’ve been doing for a while, which is why it’s important to prepare for the conversation. It’s possible they may become upset or angry. Acknowledge their feelings, then begin to offer alternatives. It may be a good idea to already have several plans ready to go for you and your loved one to choose together. Try focusing on the positives of the other alternatives. For example, since they are no longer driving, they can save more money since they’re not spending it on gas.

Call Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas (or your local AAA)

Everyone has places to be, but not everyone has the means to get there. If you or your loved one don’t have a proper reliable means of transportation, ask us about our transportation services! We provide non-emergency medical transportation and rural transportation in western Arkansas. Give us a call at 1-855-642-0060 (or) 1-479-424-2098 to learn more about our transportation service and eligibility.