When you haven’t seen your parents in a while, as is all too common right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it might take you by surprise to see how they have changed. While some changes are positive, like the new hobby that they picked up, others can be a little alarming, like a decline in their driving abilities. As we enter the holiday season, look for ways to check up on your parents’ driving skills.
First, it’s important to not make your loved one feel self-conscious and like you think something is wrong. Ask them to drive you to the store, your old school, the bank or a family landmark. Along the way, look out for any of these potential driving issues:
This is a very sensitive subject for many seniors, so always focus on how they are putting themselves at an increased risk. When you frame it as putting themselves in danger due to other drivers, the conversation can shift the blame off of them and make it easier to cope with driving less or ceasing driving altogether.
Before approaching the driving conversation you may want to check out this free online resource guide offered by the Maryland Department of Transportation for helpful tips and suggestions.
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