Saturday, January 8, 2011

Holidays a Good Time for Driving Skills Assessment - Determining When to Limit/Stop Drive Time of Loved Ones - Elinor Ginzler - AARP

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by: Elinor Ginzler | from: AARP

With the number of drivers 70 and older increasing — and one in five Americans caring for an older loved one — the number of adult children concerned about their parents' driving abilities is on the rise.

If you have any concerns, your first stop should be to learn the warning signs of diminished driving skills, then get in the car and observe. Some of the warning signs:
  • Easily distracted while driving.
  • Hitting curbs.
  • Having trouble merging onto lanes.
  • Poor judgment making left turns.
  • Failing to follow traffic signs and signals.
Looking for patterns is the key. Once you get the facts and educate yourself, you'll be in a better position to identify problems and suggest solutions.

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