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We Need To Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers
The Meaning of DrivingObserving Driving SkillsPlanning Conversations
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Driving means freedom, flexibility and independence

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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