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En español | Most Americans live in a culture that values driving as both a privilege and skill. For many of us, being an adult means having the ability to drive.

At some point in our driving lives, we may need to begin thinking about and planning for a life without driving, either for ourselves or for others. This happens because of age-related changes, poor health and other personal reasons.

For older drivers, giving up driving can be a significant life change. Most older adults voluntarily limit driving in response to changes as they grow older.

For example, they often stop driving:

  • At night
  • In poor weather conditions
  • In heavy traffic

But giving up the car for a short time is very different from never driving again.


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Did you know?

Giving up or limiting driving can be a great loss. Often older drivers who need to limit or stop driving may feel depressed, angry, frustrated or isolated, even if they voluntarily make the decision. In order to have successful conversations, you need to understand and validate these feelings.

Produced by AARP based on information created jointly by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab.

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