By 2000, one third of all drivers will be over 55 . We all know that the
elderly can have some problems with driving and the California Department
of Motor Vehicles had these comments.
Try to understand how important driving is to the mature driver
Let the driver know that you want to keep him or her on the road as long
Keep in mind that age alone is not an indicator of impairment: focus on the
person's abilities rather than his age
Allow the driver to have an active role in the decisions and actions you
would like him or her to take- don't let the person feel controlled or powerless.
Suggest ideas for making driving easier such as limiting night driving, avoiding
freeways, driving during less crowded periods of the day, using less complicated
intersections. Making practice runs of frequently traveled runs and identifying
alternate means of transportation.
Mapping out routes in advance that can incorporate right turns rather than
left turn intersections, well lighted roadways and streets with less traffic,
clearly marked signs and signals and sufficient places to park.
AARP has a booklet, "Getting Around- Driving and Other Options" by writing
to them at 1909 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049