Is it time for your parent to stop driving?

If you have elderly parents in the Charleston area who are not quite ready to give up their keys, you might be wondering if it is time for them to do so. Your parents may still be very active, in good health and enjoy their independence. There is also the possibility that they will live longer than expected. You are not alone. The number of senior drivers on the roads is much higher than it has been, and it is expected to continue increasing. 

You may not realize it but old age can affect your parents' cognitive and motor skills. The chances of them causing or being involved in car accidents increases. Take some time to consider the following concerns about seniors who drive. 

They may not remember everything 

Some seniors are dependent on medications and assistive aids to help them function in a normal capacity. Your parents' medicines can cause them to become slower, and side effects could also include confusion and memory issues. They may not be able to recall traffic laws, driving techniques and other crucial information that can impact their safety. 

They may have less confidence 

Many older drivers are not as confident in their driving skills and ability to handle traveling conditions as they once were. To compensate, your parents may choose to only travel during certain times of the day, avoid nighttime driving and drive slower in situations where they are uncomfortable. Many newer vehicles come equipped with features and safety technology to make the roads safer and easier to navigate. However, some older people are not comfortable with or knowledgeable about them and resort to using poor habits to drive. 

Some seniors do not admit when it is time for them to give up their keys because it seems as if they are giving up their independence. Take some time to ride with your parents so you can observe their driving performance. If you notice they are receiving more traffic tickets, forgetting where they are going or getting into fender benders, it is time for you to talk to them about retiring their driver’s licenses.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Email Us For A Response

Three Convenient Office Locations

Charleston Office
746 Myrtle Road
Charleston, WV 25314

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Charleston Law Office Map

Beckley Office
101 North Kanawha Street, Suite 101
Beckley, WV 25801

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Beckley Law Office Map

Morgantown Office
453 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Suite 300
Morgantown, WV 26505

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Morgantown Law Office Map

Get Answers Today
Get The Answers You Need And The Advice You Deserve