Don't Ignore the Warning Signs


Has This Happened to You?

  • A friend or family member has expressed concern about your driving.
  • You sometimes get lost while driving on routes that were once familiar.
  • You have been pulled over by a police officer and warned of poor driving behavior, regardless of whether or not you received a ticket.
  • You have had several moving violations, near misses, or actual crashes in the past three years.
  • Your doctor or health care giver has advised you to restrict or stop driving.

What You Can Do

  • Listen to what people tell you who know you best and care the most about you.
  • Discuss driving with your doctor – he or she can evaluate the interactions and side effects of all the medications you may be taking.
  • Refresh your knowledge of safe driving practices and learn about new traffic control and roadway design features through a mature driver class.
  • Begin planning for alternate ways of meeting your mobility needs. Now is the time to learn about mobility options in your community – try them out and see what works best for you.

Source: Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers (American Medical Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)