It’s one of the toughest choices an adult child has to face: deciding that your
aging parent should no longer be driving. Of course, age alone isn’t a reason to take away the car keys. Plenty of folks in their 80s and 90s still have their
licenses and can drive safely (and statistically speaking, teens are the most dangerous drivers on the road).
Even so, it’s important for you—and your parent—to understand that many of the changes that come naturally with aging, may affect driving ability. Decreases in vision, hearing, and reflexes; medical conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimers; and certain medications can all contribute to unsafe driving.
That’s why making sure your parent can still drive safely is something you’ll want to evaluate on a regular basis.