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When Should You or Your Loved Ones Stop Driving?

Ed knew when he drove down a narrow street with cars parked on both sides that he was anxious.  He blamed it on old roads overburdened with new traffic.

A week later, when pulling out of a tight parking space in front of the eye doctor’s office, he bumped the fender of the car next to him.  He blamed it on the drops in his eyes.

His explanations in each situation were legitimate, but he downsized from a full sized car to a small SUV.

Soon after making the purchase, he realized the dashboard lights were too dim for him.  Twice he went back to the dealer to have the problem fixed, only to learn that it wasn’t the lights that were a problem….it was his eyes.Ed’s doctor confirmed a degenerative situation.

Giving up his car was hard for Ed.  He felt immobilized by inactivity.  Fortunately, Ed and Ellen’s pastor knew of a nearby clinic that addressed Ed’s discouragement, and offered some alternatives to feeling house-bound.

Advancing age does not always mean that one should stop driving.  Older drivers are usually more careful than those who are younger, and they have more experience behind the wheel.  However, as we age, our joints may become stiff, and our muscles weaken.  We may have difficulty turning our heads to look back, or may brake more slowly when approaching a traffic light.

Our eyesight may change and we may read signs more slowly, or be more bothered by the glare of approaching headlights.  Our hearing may diminish, making it harder to hear horns or sirens. We’re not as comfortable at high speeds….and, every once in a while, we forget where we’re going.

Have your vision and hearing checked every two to three years and take recommended action.  Check your medication labels and pay attention to any warnings.  Keep a map in the car; make sure your home address is programmed into your GPS. 

Learn to leave more space between you and the car in front of you.  Start braking early as you approach a stop sign.  Avoid high-traffic areas if possible;  stay in the right lane on fast-moving highways.

Take a defensive driving course through AARP, AAA or your insurance company.

Lastly, give your anxiety to God, who cares for you (I Peter 5:7) and pay attention to comments made by family members who also love you and want the best for you. -- Anne       

Posted by Anne Clark Duncan at 2:59 PM
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