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Considerations for Older Drivers, Part 2

It can be difficult to know when to talk to an older driver about safe driving, or when and how to assess your own driving skills as you age. In part two of this two part series, we'll take a look at ways you can assess driving skills, and answer some commonly-asked questions.

Are You A Safe Driver?
Maybe you already know that driving at night, on the highway, or in bad weather is a problem for you. Older drivers can also have problems when yielding the right of way, turning (especially making left turns), changing lanes, passing, and using expressway ramps.

What you can do:

More Tips for Safe Driving

Planning before you leave:

While you are driving: Car safety:

Is It Time To Give Up Driving?
We all age differently. For this reason, there is no way to set one age when everyone should stop driving. So, how do you know if you should stop? To help you decide, ask yourself:

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to think about whether or not you are still a safe driver.

How Will You Get Around?
Are you worried that, if you stop driving, you won't be able to do the things you want and need to do? You're not alone. Many people have this concern, but there may be more ways to get around than you think. For example, some areas offer free or low-cost bus or taxi service for older people. Some communities also have carpools that you can join without a car. Religious and civic groups sometimes have volunteers who will drive you where you want to go. Your local Area Agency on Aging can help you find services in your area.

You can also think about taking taxis. Sound pricey? Don't forget -- it costs a lot to own a car. If you don't have to buy a car or pay for insurance, maintenance, gas, oil, or other car expenses, then you may be able to afford to take taxis or other public transportation. You can also help buy gas for friends or family who give you rides.

Did You Know?
This article is excerpted from the award-winning New York State Office for the Aging publication "When You Are Concerned." The entire book can be found on the NYSOFA website.