To stop driving often makes a person feel like they aren’t independent anymore, and can be a sore subject to touch on. No one wants to feel like they are not able to do things, but when it comes down to the dangers of driving, there is a line we just can’t cross. If you believe a family member or loved one should not be driving, it’s important to be sincere and kind when approaching the subject. To help you decide if you or someone you know probably shouldn’t be driving, we’ve put together three major signs:
- Vision or hearing loss. It’s no secret that you need to be able to see to drive. Hearing loss can slowly sneak up on a person, making it very dangerous and unnoticeable to them. Regular vision and hearing check ups with doctors can help distinguish the viability of someone’s eyes and ears, so it’s important to encourage regular appointments.
- Many prescriptions warn not to operate any type of heavy machinery while using them, and is often overlooked when someone has multiple pills to take. Medications can cause fatigue and other side effects that have the potential to directly affect driving.
- Overall health. Unfortunately, as age increases there are more health risks. Memory loss, confusion, severe arthritis, and other ailments all contribute to the risks of driving and put more than just the driver in danger.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that “fatal crashes per mile traveled increase at about age 70” with only growing numbers from there. Consulting with your or your loved one’s doctor will help clear up any concerns about driving. If you notice more dents or scratches on the driver’s car, this also might be a sign that their driving ability is declining. If you or your loved one has been in an accident, contact Tad Morlan to see what your options are.