Home Care | New Tools To Assess Your Parents’ Driving Ability Pt. 2

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20 driving warning signs ranked from minor to serious:

1.    Decrease in confidence while driving
2.    Difficulty turning to see when backing up
3.    Easily distracted while driving
4.    Other drivers often honk horns
5.    Hitting curbs
6.    Scrapes or dents on the car, mailbox or garage
7.    Increased agitation or irritation when driving
8.    Failure to notice traffic signs or important activity on the side of the road
9.    Trouble navigating turns
10. Driving at inappropriate speeds
11. Uses a “copilot”
12. Bad judgment making left turns
13. Delayed response to unexpected situations
14. Moving into the wrong lane or difficulty maintaining lane position
15. Confusion at exits
16. Ticketed moving violations or warnings
17. Getting lost in familiar places
18. Car accident
19. Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light
20. Stopping in traffic for no apparent reason

“We Need to Talk” is produced by AARP and is based on information created jointly by The Hartford and MIT AgeLab. The course can be accessed at www.aarp.org/weneedtotalk

More information about driving safety while you age, comprehensive driving evaluations, interactive tools for older drivers and their families, as well as a blog community is available at www.safedrivingforalifetime.com.

About the Hartford Advance 50 Team

The Hartford is one of the few companies in the United States with in-house experts on aging. For over 25 years, The Hartford has employed gerontologists to advance the creation and delivery of research, educational materials, and innovative business solutions to enhance the quality of life for the 50+ market.

About the MIT AgeLab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab is a global research program based within MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and Center for Transportation & Logistics. The AgeLab conducts research on technology, behavior, and innovation to improve the quality of life of older adults and those who care for them. More about AgeLab’s research in transportation, health and wellness, and longevity planning is available at http://agelab.mit.edu.  -Parent Giving

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