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Signs That an Elderly Driver Should Give Up Their Keys

by Staff Blogger | July 11th, 2022

Getting a driver’s license and first car are major milestones in life. From that point forward, most people enjoy decades of the freedom and independence that having a vehicle and the ability to drive on public roads grants them. But eventually, many people must give up that independence due to the age-related dangers they face on the road.

Convincing or even forcing an elderly driver in the family to stop driving is never easy. But having evidence that they’re a danger to themselves and others can help their family members make a strong case for hanging up their keys for good.

If you have an elderly driver in your family, be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Unexplained vehicle damage—This could indicate your loved one was involved in a minor accident and didn’t realize it.
  • Getting lost—Drivers with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or age-related memory loss may no longer recognize familiar routes to the grocery store, church, or even to get home.
  • Neglected vehicle maintenance—If your family member previously took good care of their vehicle but you’ve noticed it has become neglected, it could be an age-related change.
  • Physical difficulties while driving—For some elderly drivers, the physical task of driving may become difficult when they can no longer see over the wheel, press the gas and brake pedals, or sit upright.
  • Taking certain medications—Does your elderly loved one take medications that can cause drowsiness? If so, they should never drive after taking them or while the effects of the medication are active.

At Ponce Law, we want Tennessee’s roads to stay safe for everyone. If you know an elderly driver that shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel, talk to them about the issue. And if you get hurt by a negligent driver, talk to our Nashville car accident lawyers for a free consultation.

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