Four Signs of Unsafe Driving

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Watch for these signs that an older adult you're close to is becoming a dangerous driver:

  • Find out if his auto insurance rates have increased recently or if he has received traffic tickets or warnings.
  • Check to see if his car has new dents or nicks.
  • Pay attention if the older adult is reluctant to drive at night, seems tense or exhausted after driving, or complains of getting lost.
  • Discreetly check in with friends and neighbors and ask if they've noticed any driving problems.


Connie Matthiessen

Constance (Connie) Matthiessen, senior editor, has worked as a healthcare and environmental journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting and has written for WebMD, Consumer Health Interactive, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, BabyCenter. See full bio

over 7 years, said...

I'd like to know more about observations made by a caregiver or family member who rides with the older driver, specific mistakes they might make that are more important than other, minor mistakes. I don't mean to be critical, but I'd just like more details regarding the actual physical act of their driving.

almost 8 years, said...

Good news a recently released report from the IIHS says that senior drivers are becoming safer!