|Written by Bill Hanks|
During the past year, I had to take the car keys away from my father in law and my mother. ¬†Both of them were in their 80's and their judgement decisions were not the same anymore. ¬†Needless to say that this caused a good deal of stress for all parties. ¬†My mother in law claimed that my father in law was an excellent driver. ¬†However, several minor accidents to his car proved otherwise. ¬†I went from being the great son in law to the scourge of the family.
Handing over the car keys is tough for two reasons. ¬†First, the loss of freedom to travel is reduced. ¬†Second, it is an admittance of weakness in judgement because of age.
When it comes to handing over the car keys, there are some important signs that will assist you in making this decision. ¬†this article reviews those.
1. ¬†Check your current driving record. ¬†Have you had several moving violation tickets? ¬†How many parking tickets have you gotten? ¬†This could be a sign that it is time.
2. ¬†Are you very conscientious about your driving ability? ¬†In other words, are you being overly careful than you normally would? ¬†This could show you a lack of confidence in your driving skill.
3. ¬†How many close calls have you had with another vehicle or pedestrian? ¬†Eventually, close calls will turn into accidents. ¬†Close calls also show a reduction in quick decisions.
4. ¬†If a friend or family member brings it up, they might have noticed something that you are missing. ¬†Others can often read our ability better than ourselves.
5. ¬†Has your doctor mentioned anything or asked you any questions about your driving ability? ¬†Doctors can quickly pick up a change in reflexes and decision making.
What You Can Do
1. ¬†Stop driving at night or during rush hour traffic.
2. ¬†Go for a driving assessment of your abilities behind the wheel.
3. ¬†Shorten your trips. ¬†Leave the long trips to other drivers, that are better than you.
4. ¬†Have your grandchildren and children take you places. ¬†This is a great way to bond with them and get to see them more often.
Remember: ¬†As a driver you are ot only responsible for yourself but, for others on the road.