Are you concerned about someone’s driving?
Do you know someone recently disabled or elderly who is unsure if they should still drive?
If you know someone who may be unsafe to drive, you must approach the situation in a careful and considerate way. We have compiled the following information to help you address the issue with preparedness and compassion.
Five Steps to Approach a Loved One About Unsafe Driving:
1. Know what to look out for: See the Senior Driver Safety Checkup for information on “red flags” for diminishing driver safety.
2. Have your facts before you talk: Click here to read about Massachusetts driving laws and medical conditions.
3. Start the conversation: Although it can be an uncomfortable topic, introducing the idea of a driver evaluation and addressing driver safety could prevent an accident. Check out We Need to Talk About Driver Safety , a PDF from The Hartford.com for information on how to discuss driving concerns with loved ones, and how to initiate the conversation.
Contact Driving Solutions for a free phone, text or email consultation before you bring up the issue with your loved one. This will allow you to discuss the best way to start the conversation depending on the individual and the situation.
4. Make sure you answer the questions on the family and friend questionnaire before beginning the conversation about an at-home driver evaluation.
5. Set up a driver evaluation: Although unsafe driving may be an uncomfortable subject, ongoing conversations over time will help drivers weigh decisions and agree to drive less, avoid certain road conditions or stop driving.