Is it time to stop driving?
As your relatives get older, their reactions will slow and decision making at key moments can become more challenging - so when is the right time to stop them from driving?
It can be difficult to understand when the right time to stop comes around, but there will come a point when your elderly relative can no longer safely operate a vehicle.
In the UK, there are no specific laws that dictate when an elderly driver should stop driving. As a result, the responsibility of making this decision lies with you.
It is always important to monitor the driving ability of your relative to ensure they are still capable of driving safely.
In 2015, over 14 million people were involved in accidents that were caused by elderly drivers, so if your relative is showing any of these signs, it may be time for them to stop driving:
- Involved in an accident - If your relative is involved in an accident, it could be time to step in. If they are found to be at fault for a collision, it could mean they are at higher risk of causing another one.
- Parking/Speeding tickets - Most drivers will be issued at least one parking or speeding ticket in their lifetime, but these could be cause for concern if your elderly relative is collecting a number of these.
- Insurance Price Increase - Sometimes elderly relatives won't mention that they've been in an accident, but they may complain about an increased insurance premium. The two may be linked.
- Damage to their car - A small collision could lead to car damage, so ask them what happened. You may also want to check the driveway or nearby fences for more sings of damage.
- Anxiousness about driving - If your elderly relative is nervous about getting in the car, there may be a good reason. They may be no longer confident in their own driving ability.
Even if you only notice one sign on this list, it's always a good idea to talk to your relative and understand how they feel about driving. Ultimately this may not be an easy conversation to have, but it could save your relative from being involved in an accident.