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When It's Time to Stop Driving

Let's face it - driving is a big part of our lives and our independence. But as we age, it's important to recognize when it may be time to put the keys down for good. It's not an easy decision, but it's a responsible one that can help prevent accidents and protect yourself and others on the road. If you're feeling concerned about your driving abilities or have noticed changes in your vision, hearing, or reaction times, it's important to talk to your doctor about your options. Remember, there is no shame in admitting that it's time to stop driving.

If you're struggling with the decision to stop driving, you're not alone. Many seniors find it difficult to come to terms with the idea of giving up their car keys. But there are several signs that it may be time to consider hanging up your driving gloves.

One of the most obvious signs is a decline in your physical or mental health. If you're experiencing vision problems, hearing loss, or cognitive decline, it may be unsafe for you to continue driving. Medications can also affect your ability to drive, so it's important to talk to your doctor about any side effects that could impair your driving..

It's also important to consider your reaction times and reflexes. As we age, our reaction times slow down, and it can be harder to respond quickly in dangerous situations on the road. If you're finding it harder to brake or swerve to avoid obstacles, it may be time to reconsider your driving habits.

So, what can you do if it's time to stop driving? First, don't be afraid to ask for help. Talk to your family and friends about your situation, and see if they can offer assistance with transportation. You can also look into public transportation options, such as buses, trains, or senior ride services.

If you're concerned about losing your independence, remember that there are many ways to stay active and engaged in your community without a car. You can join social clubs, attend community events, or take up a new hobby. And by giving up driving, you're also reducing your risk of accidents and injuries on the road.

In the end, the decision to stop driving is a difficult one, but it's important to prioritize safety over convenience. By recognizing the signs that it may be time to stop driving, and by being proactive in finding alternative transportation options, you can stay safe and engaged in your community.

Transportation Services

American Cancer Society Road to Recovery offers transportaion to those with cancer who are unable to drive to their medical provider.

Uber offers a widely used Request a Ride service that enables you to place a call and be picked up and driven where you need to go.

VA Administration Transpportation Services
Offers Veterans transportation to VA Medical Centers.


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