Taking Away The Keys

Thanksgiving may be a good time to talk to older loved ones about driving.

My Grandpa Lannon is 96 years old, and we're thankful he's living such a long and wonderful life.  He can't do a lot of things like he used to, however.  A few years ago, he stopped driving.  A concerned citizen saw him run a stop sign and called the police on him.  That citizen noticed how old my grandpa looked and was concerned he was a dangerous driver.  Our family was relieved by this turn of events. It gave his children the perfect way to explain, it's time to give up the car keys and stop driving for good.  In general, it's not so easy for family members to broach that sensitive subject with their older loved ones.  Driving, for many, represents independence.  Thanksgiving, a holiday where hopefully the entire family can be together, may be a good time to bring up this difficult subject.  How would you go about taking an older loved one off the road?
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  • by John Y Location: Richlands on Feb 27, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    What is that magic number when we take away the drivers license? We can blame old age for the lose also we need to look at the younger age. Often times the young who don't have the driven time can also contribute to the older ones having a mishap. I know not always, the young have enough on their plate as is yet we give them a license to drive. The young and old alike end up killing others.
  • by Jaylah Location: Ayden on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    I would be dissapointed if i couldn't see my grandpa but i guess thats a better choice for him to be taken off the road but that should be his choice.
  • by Chris Location: Rocky Mount, NC on Jan 27, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    It is a good idea to take the older drivers off the road, but only if they cannot pay attention to things like stop signs, and also those "idiots" that are on the road.
  • by Sharon Location: Jacksonvile on Jan 12, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    There are too many distracted drivers on the road these days. People are too busy multi-tasking i.e (cell phones) to pay attention. The older you get, the slower your reaction time. You have to be looking in all four directions these days. Both sides in the rear as well as in front of you
  • by Richard Location: Elizabeth City on Nov 25, 2007 at 05:31 AM
    I'm 71 and not looking foward to giving up my keys, however my only serious acccident was 3 years ago when an 88 year old driver turned north into the south bound lanes of the freeway. I almost missed him, but totaled both vehicles, neither of us was hurt... He said he forgot the road was divided....His kids have since bought him another car.
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