What warning signs should you look for in older drivers?
En español | In Module 1: The Meaning of Driving you learned that it is important to talk with older drivers about their attitudes and feelings about driving. It also is important to observe older drivers behind the wheel so that you have a better idea of their driving skills and are able to notice changes and patterns of driving behavior that indicate safety has become a risk.
Observing older drivers behind the wheel helps you gather facts that will help you voice your concerns and plan conversations.
This module has three parts:
- Overview of module topic
- Practice what you've learned
- Review what you've learned
Did You Know?
Many older adults think family members should talk to them if potential driving problems arise. The Hartford/MIT AgeLab research showed that older drivers reported being more willing to listen to family members and friends who had driven with them and had their best interest at heart.
The following warning signs may indicate an older driver is at risk. Use them to talk with older drivers about their safety behind the wheel:
- Health or medication changes
- Getting lost in familiar areas
- Car crashes
- Near misses
Produced by AARP based on information created jointly by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab.
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