I Don’t Want to Give Up My Keys!

I Don’t Want to Give Up My Keys!

So, you’ve gotten to an age when you might be questioning if you should still be driving.  You want (and may need) to keep driving.  Not just because you don’t want to be a burden on family and friends, but because you like the feeling of independence it gives you.   So, let’s take a peek at what some of the warning signs might be and what steps you might be able to take to rectify the situation.

Start by asking yourself (and answering with brutal honesty) the following questions:

  1. Do you have trouble with certain physical tasks of driving such as looking over your shoulder to change lanes?
  2. Are you taking medications that cause drowsiness, confusion, or otherwise interfere with your ability to drive?
  3. Have family or friends told you of their concerns about your driving or said they’re not comfortable with you behind the wheel?  (This is a big one!)
  4. Do you have trouble reading street or road signs?  Has driving at night become an issue?
  5. Does driving leave you tense or anxious?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to step into action.  Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Take a driving course designed especially for older drivers.  Not only will this give you the opportunity to hone your driving skills, but you may even qualify for a discount on your automobile insurance.
  2. Speak to your doctor about your medications.  Are they all still necessary?  Are there alternatives that don’t cause drowsiness or confusion? The doctor might also restrict your driving to daylight hours if night driving has become a problem.
  3. Invest in a new car.  Newer models have upgrades such as backup cameras, automatic emergency braking and collision warning systems that help drivers of all ages.

At the end of the day, the decision to give up your keys might still be the best course of action, but it certainly won’t hurt to explore other options first.

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