When Should An Older Adult Stop Driving?

When to stop driving:

  1. Feeling less comfortable and more nervous or fearful while driving.
  2. Difficulty staying in the lane of travel.
  3. More frequent close calls.
  4. More frequent dents, bumps with other cares or fences, mailbose4s, garage doors, curbs, etc.
  5. Trouble judging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance/exit ramps.
  6. Other drivers honking at you more often; more instances when you are angry at other drivers.
  7. Friends or relatives not wanting to ride with you.
  8. Getting lost more often.
  9. Difficulty seeing the sides of the road when looking straight ahead (ie cars of people seem to come out of nowhere more frequently.
  10. Trouble paying attention to or violating signals, road signs and pavement markings.
  11. Slower response to unexpected situations; trouble moving your foot from gas to brake pedal or confusing the two pedals.
  12. Easily distracted or har4d to concentrate while driving.
  13. Hard to turn around to check over shoulder while backing up or changing lanes.
  14. Medical condition or medications that may be increasingly affecting your ability to handle the care safely.
  15. More traffic tickets or warnings by traffic or law enforcement officers in the last year or two.

If you notice one or more of these warning signs you may want to have your driving assessed by a professional .  Raleigh Geriatric Care Management has partnered with Beyond Driving With Dignity to assist with an enhanced driving self assessment program.  For more information, contact, Raleigh Geriatric Care Management: lwatral@rgcmgmt.com or Keeping Us Safe: info@keepingussafe.org. From the NC Dept. of Crime Control and Public safety.


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