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5 Ways to Keep That Unsafe Driver Off of the Road

by Charlie Kimball · 0 comments

Telling a loved one that they’re now an unsafe driver because of age is one of the hardest things that you may have to do.  After all, this is something that they’ve been doing for years. The loss of that independence can be frightening to them. Taking away their keys might prove to be more of a challenge than encouraging them to get a medical bracelet.

There are a lot of adult caretakers in your position who realize that their parents and loved ones just aren’t safe to drive anymore.  We’ve searched and found five of the best solutions for keeping that loved one off of the road.

  1. Clearly tell them where they’ve erred

Don’t just tell them they are a bad driver. Explain clearly what they did wrong. Telling them “you just ran two stop signs” is better than having an emotional reaction. If they don’t like this, explain that you’re trying to protect them and keep them safe.

  1. Enlist the help of an authority figure

While telling them yourself might stir up some emotional undercurrent, a friend or doctor might be able to help you express your concern.

  1. Put the car keys on your keychain

If the earlier tactics won’t work, then you may have to take their keys. Make them come to you if they want to drive so you can explain to them why it’s unsafe for you to drive. Even if they have medical bracelet to call for help it doesn’t help prevent an unsafe driver from causing an accident in the first place.


  1. Move the car to your neighbor’s yard

With the neighbor’s permission, of course.  This is using the idea of out of sight, out of mind.  If they don’t see the car in the driveway, they might assume that you’re using it.  This strategy works very well for those whose short-term memory is eroding.

  1. Sell the car

If moving the car to the neighbor’s yard doesn’t get the point across, you may have to take the ultimate step of selling the car. You can use the proceeds from it to benefit them in some way, like getting them a medical bracelet and a vacation.

When you take away your loved one’s car keys, you want to make sure that they know that you still love them and that you want to keep them safe. Reassure them that you will be there and that you will make sure that they can get to the places that they need. Consider getting them a medical bracelet so they can get help when they need it.

Article provided by Charlie Kimball from MedicalCareAlert.com

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