No one looks forward to the day they need to tell a parent, or both parents, that it is probably time to stop driving. Even if their driving skills have become dull and dangerous, no one wants to tell an older person they should no longer drive, or that their driving abilities have reached a point that they are possibly putting themselves, and others, at risk when driving. No one wants to have to take that freedom away from them.

However, confronting an older driver, whether the older driver is a parent, a grandparent, or even an aunt or uncle, always climbs near the top of the list of family concerns at some point, and older drivers do not always understand that their family members are simply concerned about their safety.

One way to ease your family concerns about older drivers is to help prevent, or at least slow down, the deterioration of their driving skills. Before you jump the gun and start reaching for the keys before the older driver even starts showing signs of deteriorating driving skills, allow the older driver to practice driving. Keep an eye on him or her, and watch for what may be signs of weakening driving skills. If you seen any, offer to take a driver with the older driver, and help him or her strengthen those driving skills.

Also consider contacting your automotive insurance company. Many automotive insurance companies have programs designed to help re-teach, or sharpen, the driving skills of older drivers. These programs are beneficial not only to older drivers who may be losing their touch, but also to older drivers who simply want to stay on top of the game, so to speak. Automotive insurance companies offer these programs in order to help keep everyone drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike safe on and near the roads, and by keeping everyone safe, automobile insurance policies can also be kept low.

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