In this guide we look at some of the challenges older people face with driving. We look, too, at the alternatives to driving: from cycling and walking to car sharing and community transport, should your relative feel it is time to stop.
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In this guide
Eyesight and hearing often deteriorate with age, while various common age-related medical conditions, such as dementia and diabetes, can affect safe driving.
We have advice on checking the car is right for an older driver, and where to find information to aid safe driving. A driver assessment and/or refresher course might help, too.
Safe driving is in everyone’s interests but it can be a tricky subject to raise. We have some practical tips on how to handle the conversation.
Only the driver and the DVLA can decide if someone should drive. Drivers aged from 70 must report medical disabilities, while professionals such as GPs and opticians may offer guidance.
Advice on public, community and private transport; car sharing or switching to a motorised wheelchair. Cycling or walking also offer huge health benefits.
Richard realised his mother was a danger to herself and others when she drove in the early stages of her dementia.
Read Richard's story