Transportation can be an obstacle for many older people, and adjusting
to either public transportation or rides from family are not easy. It is usually up to the family of the loved one who must
handle transportation issues, and ensure they stay safe when on the roads.
Here are some points to consider when assessing your loved one’s
ability to continue driving safely, or if needed possible alternative
modes of transportation.
Assess your own feelings about older drivers in general, and
see if you need to be a bit more understanding with their abilities when
behind the wheel.
· Get a better idea about the driving skills of your relative
by driving with him or her, or checking to see if they have had any
traffic infractions recently.
Be very observant to their driving habits and overall
handling of the vehicle.
Do not critique your loved one’s driving instead provide
support and continue to reassure them of their capabilities.
If you fear they have lost the ability to properly handle
driving all the time, describe some viable alternatives such as driving
during the day, and only driving on local streets.
Have your loved one’s vehicle checked routinely for
If you find they are lacking in a certain area, there are
driving programs available that can assist them in creating a better
Establish some better routines for your relative to follow
such as planning the route before going anywhere, or ensuring that the
weather will remain “driver friendly.”
If you believe their
safety is in jeopardy by their continuing to drive you should:
Check on local and city transportation available such as
buses and community shuttles that can take them to the store, church, and
See if other family members will help out by giving rides if
Look into whether neighbors or friends of your loved one can
do an errand if you are unavailable.
Depending on their insurance plan, transportation may be
included to make monthly doctor visits and pick up groceries.