Your Family :: Overcoming Resistance

Studies show that senior drivers give the least credibility to family members who criticize their driving. These drivers show much more willingness to accept suggestions from law enforcement officers, doctors, and friends.

If you find yourself in the position of talking to an older family member or friend about their driving, approach the issue with sensitivity. A driver's license signifies more than the ability to drive a car; it is a symbol of freedom and self-sufficiency.

Some older drivers may be aware of their faltering ability, but still be reluctant to give up driving completely. Another person's concerns may force the senior driver to act. They may even feel relieved to have someone else help make the decision to stop driving.

Some seniors may forget that they aren't supposed to drive. If that is the case, it is even more important to remove the car or the keys to make it impossible to drive.