Don't Ignore the Warning Signs
Has This Happened to You?
- A friend or family member has expressed concern about your driving.
- You sometimes get lost while driving on routes that were once familiar.
- You have been pulled over by a police officer and warned of poor driving behavior, regardless of whether or not you received a ticket.
- You have had several moving violations, near misses, or actual crashes in the past three years.
- Your doctor or health care giver has advised you to restrict or stop driving.
What You Can Do
- Listen to what people tell you who know you best and care the most about you.
- Discuss driving with your doctor – he or she can evaluate the interactions and side effects of all the medications you may be taking.
- Refresh your knowledge of safe driving practices and learn about new traffic control and roadway design features through a mature driver class.
- Begin planning for alternate ways of meeting your mobility needs. Now is the time to learn about mobility options in your community – try them out and see what works best for you.
Source: Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers (American Medical Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)