Recently I’ve had to think about my Dad’s driving. It is a very delicate issue, as you can imagine, because in North America we value mobility and independence. Also, in North America (unlike Europe) the distances are longer so accessing convenient transportation is more of a challenge.
If you are also facing this issue, I highly recommend one website, which I will provide below. Basically, you have to watch for warning signs, such as : close calls, or getting lost on familiar routes. One thing I’ve implemented with my parents is to suggest not driving on the freeway and avoiding driving late at night or in very bad weather. I have had some success in this regard.
But undoubtedly, the time will come when my Dad will have to give up driving altogether. So alternate forms of transportation, such as the HandiDart, taxis, and the Senior’s Hub (more on those in future posts) will have to be explored.