When you begin planning for the kind of care your parents will need as they age, you may think about estate plans and guardianship. However, it is also important to consider practical matters, such as when your parents should stop driving. 

There are many signs that your elderly parents should give up their car keys. According to Caring.com, your parents may need to stop driving if their car has more scratches and dings than normal. This kind of damage might indicate that one of your parents is getting into more fender-benders. Traffic tickets can be another sign that your parents are no longer capable of driving. You may also want to sit in the passenger seat and watch how your parents drive. If they get distracted often or drift into other lanes, it may be time for them to give up the car keys. Failing to notice road signs and traffic lights can be another sign that your parents need to stop driving. 

Can medical conditions affect a senior’s driving abilities? 

It is important to remember that certain conditions may affect your parents’ ability to drive. If one of your parents has a vision impairment, for example, he or she may not be able to read road signs or see pedestrians. Additionally, a hearing impairment can keep your parents from hearing emergency sirens and horns. Medical conditions like dementia can also affect your parents’ ability to drive. If your parents have one of these conditions, it may be a good idea to take the car keys. 

How do you take a senior’s car keys? 

Your parents may value their independence and it may be difficult to tell them they need to stop driving. However, it is important for you to take this step so you can protect your parents and other drivers on the road. You may want to have several conversations with your parents so they can slowly get used to the idea of not driving. You may also want to reassure them that you will be available to drive them to their activities and appointments so they will not be alone at home.