It’s a tough chat to have, and one that most people dread having with their elderly parents.
Suggesting they may want to give up driving.
But what can you do if you’re worried about the senior you love being behind the wheel?
You can submit a report to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles. When they follow up, and may request the driver to take a test.
But one expert says while there are several ways to do it, some are better than others.
While family members can make anonymous reports to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, Steve Wallace from Wallace Driving School says you can just suggest they get a driver assessment from a driving instructor.
“Surprisingly, they will not take the advice from a family [saying] ‘hey Dad, it’s time to hang it up’ or ‘hey Mom, it’s time to hang it up,’ but they will take the advice from a professional.”
Wallace says there’s an important point seniors need to remember.
“Sometimes, the family actually wants the senior to drive, because they don’t want to be driving the senior to and from doctor’s appointments and so on. And as a result, there’s pressure both ways. So, it’s not a simple, simple situation.”
Wallace says he finds more seniors are willing to take the opinion of a professional over a family member.
And he says he does find cases where family concerns were just not warranted.
In B.C., seniors over 80 automatically have a driver medical exam every two years.
For more information, B.C. has a Road Safety Fact Sheet.
The RoadSafetyBC website also provides information for Senior Drivers, which includes resources and alternatives to driving: