Driving retirement can be a gradual process for some individuals. Older drivers and their families may identify situations that pose challenges to safe driving such as driving in poor weather, during rush hour, on limited access highways. Older adults may choose to limit driving in these challenging situations. These self imposed limits can extend the ability to drive safely. Alternative transportation can be used at times when the older driver does not feel confident to drive.
When the time comes that an older adult no longer feels safe to drive or has been told that they can no longer drive, it is important to implement some strategies to help them stay connected to their community.
make a personal transportation plan:
collect information on local transportation options
check the blue pages or the Internet for local or regional transportation service providers and for government or community services for older adults that may offer transportation services
become familiar and comfortable with alternative transportation options
Remember: Never be afraid to ask for help from family or friends.
The creation of this website was part of the National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers project that was funded by the Population Health Fund, Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists®.
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