Auto Insurance Update
A person’s age should not be the determining factor for whether or not they should be driving. However, there may come a time when you have to have a conversation with your parents about how long they should continue to drive. Physical and mental condition and ability are the first factors to consider.
Auto Insurance companies understand this problem; accident rates increase for people over the age of 65. As our baby boomers move into retirement, there will be more senior citizens on the road. The decision to know when to stop driving can be a wrenching one for all family members.
There may be other contributing factors such as physical ability, medications, eye sight, and diseases that could cause you to want to restrict your parents from driving.
Signs it is time to hide the keys:
- Slow responses
- Increase in accidents in a short period of time
- Decrease in confidence while driving
- Difficulty turning to see when backing up
- Easily distracted while driving
- Hitting curbs
- Failure to notice traffic signs
- Difficulty maintaining lane position
“It helps to have a thoughtful, caring plan in place before saying anything,” says Harriet Vines, author of Age Smart: How to Age Well, Stay Fit and Be Happy (http://www.agesmart.us)