Remember there are laws to help protect them. Don’t forget: there are several provincial regulations already in place to protect older drivers. For example, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation requires anyone 80 years and over to renew their license every two years. This includes a vision test and a written test, among other things.
Here are some tips for speaking to an elderly parent about their driving:
Don’t be confrontational—and remain calm. You don’t want to create a situation where your parent becomes defensive. Be supportive. It will make the discussion (and coming to solutions) easier.
Acknowledge their feelings. Allow your parent to express themselves. Make them realize you understand and are listening carefully.
Focus on transportation alternatives. Losing the car does not have to mean your parent loses their independence. Suggest other ways to travel—such as with the help of family, friends, or public transportation. Many community-based organizations also have programs—such as grocery shopping programs via an escorted bus service.