How to Help Aging Parents Drive Longer


Are there other ways of helping seniors in your family stay safe on the road?

There are plenty of ways to help seniors stay safe while driving. And most older adults already practice driving habits that keep them safer on the road, including avoiding night driving and obeying the speed limit. Seniors also drive fewer miles in general and wear seatbelts more often than younger drivers.6 As caregivers, continue to encourage these safe driving practices to keep aging parents on the road longer with less risk of fatality.

My aging parent is no longer able to drive due to mobility issues. Are there other things I should do to keep them safe at home?

There are actions you should take to make home a safer place if an older adult can’t drive due to mobility or health concerns. Check out our senior safety FAQs to learn more about securing tripping hazards, preventing falls, and installing safety equipment.

What are the safest times for seniors to be on the road?

You can test senior driving skills to make sure they’re not dangerous, but there’s also a risk in sharing the road with other drivers. To keep seniors safe, we advise driving in daylight, traveling well-known routes with good lighting, and following safe driving tips for winter.

I don’t think my aging parent should be driving anymore, but they won’t give up the keys. Is there anything I can do?

This is a tricky question. While older adults have the right to drive if they have a current driver’s license, that doesn’t mean they’re safe behind the wheel. Have a candid conversation about your concerns, and if you still feel conflicted, you can file a report anonymously with the state DMV. A representative will reach out and typically require the older adult to come in for a driving and vision test.


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