Identifying Warning Signs for Drivers in Their Later Years

By Carol Levine, AARP

Part of Navigating Your Later Years For Dummies Cheat Sheet

For older adults and their families, driving is often a flash point. When is it time to give up the keys? Waiting until there is a serious accident is not advisable. Most drivers in their later years are safe drivers, but some monitoring and caution are appropriate. Here are some warning signs for older drivers from “We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers,” produced by The Hartford.

The driving behaviors listed by The Hartford could cause safety problems. They are ranked from minor to serious. Many of the less serious issues may be overcome with changes in driving behavior or physical fitness, while the more serious behaviors may require your immediate action. Since driving ability seldom changes drastically in a short time, you should be able to track changes over time to get a clear picture of overall driving ability.