If you notice your parent taking greater risks behind the wheel, you may want to have a conversation about safe driving. This subject must be handled delicately, as your parent's independence is what is at stake.
The problem is that you do not want to be the person to tell them. Maybe your spouse, brother, sister, nosy neighbor could have the talk with them? Unfortunately, because you love them and care about their well-being, you feel that you should be the one to broach the subject.
- Be respectful.
- See if there is any recourse other than surrendering a drivers license.
- Find alternatives to driving themselves.
Sometimes a person feels overwhelmed when there are a lot of people telling them where to go and what to do. It may feel like being a child again in many respects. Broaching perhaps the last bit of freedom may be the tipping point. No one wants to think about not driving again. It is a freedom that no one takes lightly. Speak about the problems you've noticed with respect and listen to what they have to say.
Maybe They Don’t Have to Give It Up
Sometimes there are modifications that can be made to a driving schedule so your mom or dad do not have to give up their license completely. Talk to them about driving locally and only during the day. Talk about the safety aspect for themselves and everyone else. Discuss it rationally.
Are There Alternatives
If the problem is so bad that your parent needs to part with their driving privileges, discuss alternative means of transportation. Perhaps you could shuttle them sometimes. If not, senior transport is available in every area of the country. If they live in a city or are that supports it, public transportation may be the best solution. Talk about all of the alternatives and see what is possible for your parents.
This is a sensitive issue. No one wants to give up this freedom, but sometimes it is necessary. Bring up the topic respectfully, see if a modification of driving routine would work and if they have to give up their license, see what transportation alternative exist. This can be solved if everyone just approaches it in a respectful manner.
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