Dallas, Texas car wreck attorneys of http://www.1800-car-wreck.com/ outline 15 points to help Mature Drivers Stay Safe
‘One of the most difficult conversations to have with a family member concerns driver safety after the family member reaches a certain age or has exhibited signs of memory impairment or dementia. Some people avoid the subject because they don’t want to insult or patronize a loved one. Others believe that “nothing can be done” to stop an adamant driver. But, there are always steps that can be taken, and positive results can occur after a short, direct conversation.
If a loved one exhibits the following signs, it may be time to intervene in order to prevent a tragedy:
- Not following the speed limit (going too fast or too slow);
- Markedly slower reaction times to other cars and traffic signals;
- Drifting into other lanes;
- Getting lost, especially on familiar routes;
- Not following traffic rules;
- Expressing irritation with other drivers;
- Failing to signal;
- Trouble following simple directions;
- Appearing tense or stressed while driving;
- Forgetting to fasten a seat belt;
- Receiving multiple tickets or warnings;
- Refusing to explain damage to the car;
- Reluctance to drive;
- Neglecting to wear glasses if required; and
- Exhaustion or frustration after driving.
Giving up driving—especially in Texas—won’t be easy for most people, both for practical reasons as well as emotional reasons. But, a family member can help a loved one make the transition by responding thoughtfully to his concerns, being available to shuttle him to important events and gatherings, and providing practical information about alternative transportation options.
This article is presented by the Dallas, Texas car wreck attorneys at Eberstein & Witherite, LLP. For inquiries, call 214.378.6665.