Talking to parents about driving

Nothing expresses independence more than getting behind the wheel of a vehicle

Continuing with our series of must-have conversations with your parents, today we are going to discuss seniors driving.

Nothing expresses independence more than getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, especially in a country as beautiful and expansive as Canada. According to Transport Canada, most Canadians drive in cars, vans, buses or trucks to get where they want and need to go, on Canada’s nearly 900,000 kilometres of road. That’s why losing this privilege, or being asked to give it up, can be one of the most upsetting aspects of aging. Growing older doesn’t mean you become a worse driver nor is there a set age when everyone should give up driving. But successful aging does require assessing and adapting to the physical and mental changes that may occur over time. Use this chapter to help watch for changes that could signal a need to make adjustments in driving.

67% of adult children surveyed say they have discussed solutions for when it might be time for their parents to limit their driving.

78% of seniors surveyed believe their children/step-children have a shared understanding of solutions to limit driving.

It can be difficult to judge your own driving ability as well as that of a parent or another senior. You might need the help of others to be objective. If you think that will be the case, enlist the assistance of a family member or friend.

Talking about driving, whether it’s your own or someone else’s, can be a difficult topic to broach. It’s sometimes easier not to talk about it. Procrastination and avoidance, though, could be deadly.

Remember, the Home Instead 40/70 rule recommends beginning these conversations when you are approaching 40 and your parents are around 70.

If you have any question please call us at Home Instead Hamilton at 905-521-5500 and we will happy to assist you.


Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, completed 400 telephone interviews with seniors age 65 and older and 400 interviews with adult children of parents age 65 and older in Canada.


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