Helping Your Parents Stay Mobile
Giving up driving can be a major change to your parent’s lifestyle and sense of independence. Here are some tips on how to help your parents stay mobile.
Never tell your parents (or any person, no matter the age) that they are terrible, dangerous drivers. Studies show that older people consider themselves relatively safe drivers.
Watch for the Red Flags
Below are some red flags indicating that your parents may have difficulty driving:
- Difficulty seeing road and traffic signs
- Going too fast or too slow (safety concerns)
- Scraping or bumping the car on fences, curbs, or garage
- Jerky stops and starts
- Straying into other lanes
- Going through red lights
Include Your Parents in Discussions
Your parents, despite their old age, need to feel that they are still in control of their lives. By including them in discussions, you are showing that you respect their ability to live independently. The motivation to change must come from them, not from you.
Focus on the Positive
There will be times where you’ll notice that your parents are not driving well. When this happens, don’t focus on their mistakes. Instead, accentuate on the positive and focus on what they are doing well.
Help Your Parents Assess Their Driving Skills
With your parent’s consent, you can help them assess their driving skills with the help of occupational therapists or doctors. You can also recommend driving “refresher” lessons offered by accredited driving instructors in your area.
Consider Other Transport Options
If your parents can no longer drive for themselves, then it’s time for you to consider other transport options. Transport alternatives will allow them to engage in their usual social or medical routines.
Allow us to help you find the perfect car for your mum and dad who may or may not have special needs and disabilities. Call Motoring Mobility today for enquiries.