For Family Caregivers
Talking About Driving With an Older Driver
Talking with an older person about their driving is often difficult. Most of us delay that talk until the person’s driving has become what we believe to be dangerous. At that point, conversations can be tense and awkward for everyone involved. But there are things you can say and do to make those conversations more productive and less tense.
Learning How to Understand and Influence Older Drivers will help you support an older driver’s needs, as well as finding community resources that can help put your older-driver plan into action. If you have decided to initiate a conversation with an older loved one about driving safely, take these three steps:
- Collect information;
- Develop a plan of action; and
- Follow through on the plan.
You might also want to consider learning how to adapt a motor vehicle to accommodate the unique needs of an older driver (PDF, 629 KB) and discussing it with your loved one.