Taking the keys away from an elderly driver is never easy. I know this firsthand. But it is an issue that needs to be dealt with – not only for their safety but for everyone else’s.
Don’t expect the state of Alabama to help you. Our state has some of the most non-restrictive elderly driving laws in the nation.
Now there are many elderly driving statistics out there, and they can be confusing. For example, one study says seniors are only involved in 7% of accidents, but another says they are involved in 60% of traffic deaths. Here is one thing I know: your ability to react quickly to danger will diminish as you get older.
Many European countries handle it by requiring a medical exam to renew your driver’s license. This exam often begins at age 70.
Now this solution is unlikely to become Alabama law. Seniors may drive unsafely, but as every politician knows, they can still vote.
Here is my suggestion. Get your senior to take the AARP Smart Driver Course. https://www.aarpdriversafety.org/why-take-our-course.html It is a 6-hour online program that tests their knowledge. There is a small fee, but it is worth it. We did that with my father, which helped us determine that it was time to retire his driving.
I will add that he did not agree. We had to take the battery out of his car. We thought we solved the problem, but he called AAA and had them bring and install a new one. Just because you should not drive does not mean you are not resourceful.
Good luck. I know it is tough. But love isn’t always easy.
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