We’ve always been taught to respect our elders. With age comes experience, so the older you get, the more knowledgeable you become. And while this may be true, aging also brings limitations in the form of dwindling vision, reflexes, and hearing. When these start to decline, an essential skill becomes affected: driving.
We’ve all had close calls, but if you’re afraid to be in the passenger seat because your parent or grandparent seems to be losing focus, something needs to be done. If you’ve been noticing that a loved one in your life has a hard time staying in their lane, becomes lost on familiar roads, goes the wrong way on one-way streets and continuously causes other drivers to honk at them, it may be time to retire their four wheels.
This is not be taken lightly, as people age 70 and older are more likely to be involved in car accidents than any other age group over the age of 25. And because older drivers are more fragile, they tend to suffer painful injuries or even death from the impacts. If an elder driver causes a car accident it can also be very stressful to work through the process of an ICBC car accident claim and dealing with car accident lawyers.
Since there is no age restriction on when you should stop driving, this conversation can be a difficult one to have. So before you start telling them to hang up their keys, prepare yourself by learning the facts and warning signs. We suggest making them take the quiz on Health Link BC to see how well they measure up on the roads. They should also consult outside sources like ICBC to schedule a re-examination road test. Finally, have them assessed by a family doctor to check if their physical and mental status is in tact.
While these steps may not make the process any easier, take comfort in the fact that you’re keeping the lives of your loved ones as safe as possible.