Concerned about an older relative’s driving? Tips on how to talk to them about it from IAM RoadSmart
Spotting the signs of a loved one’s driving deteriorating as they get older can be difficult. At what point should you tackle the issue and suggest it might be time for them to stop? As part of its older drivers’ campaign, raising awareness of the issues faced by many thousands of mature drivers across the UK, IAM RoadSmart’s head of technical policy and advice, Tim Shallcross, has put together some top tips based on his own experiences.
There are a number of resources available to help older drivers stay safe on the road for longer, and also on how to make the decision to stop driving when the time is right. Apart from IAM RoadSmart’s advice here, Age UK and the Older Drivers’ Forum also offer guidance.
Notes to editors:
Tim Shallcross is IAM RoadSmart’s head of technical policy and advice.
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