Driving Safety: When is it No Longer Safe to Drive Alone?

When you think of driving safety, some of the first things that come to mind are wearing your seatbelt, not driving under the influence, and following the laws and the rules of the road. However, one essential factor that must not be ignored is knowing when to stop driving because it is no longer safe due to age.

Many senior citizens can drive safely and regularly. But for every single person who drives, there comes a time when it might no longer be safe to drive alone, or not at all. The problem is, that it can be difficult to make this decision until it’s too late or an accident or another event has occurred.

Driving Safety: Signs It’s No Longer Safe to Drive Alone

In this post, we’ll talk about this important driving safety topic and some signs to look for that it’s no longer safe to drive alone.

If you or someone you love is showing some of these signs, it’s time to reconsider whether driving alone or at all is still a smart choice.

  • The driver is regularly getting lost and calling for help.
  • When the driver begins having more accidents or near-accidents, including side-swiping other vehicles.
  • Making unnecessary stops at green lights or places where they do not need to stop.
  • Running red lights and stop signs.
  • Finding traffic signals is increasingly confusing.
  • If friends or family members are expressing concerns about your driving safety.

Alternatives to giving up driving

When deciding to stop driving, it’s not necessarily an all-or-nothing decision. For example, if you notice you get lost or scared when driving at night, you could start by giving up this practice but still driving during daylight hours.

Depending on your particular circumstances, other alternatives include:

  • Always having someone else in the car with you
  • Not driving in bad weather
  • Only traveling short distances/to places near your home
  • Staying off of expressways
  • Sticking to familiar routes and roads

(Read about the benefits of using a town car service in Phoenix here.)

The Safest Option: Professional Driving Services

Another option we encourage drivers of all ages to consider is enlisting the help of professional driving services. That way, you can be sure you’re in safe, and capable hands.

For example, finding it difficult and overwhelming to drive to and from the airport, is a prime example of when a Phoenix driving service proves incredibly useful. The drivers will expertly (and safely) get you to and from your destination.

(If you are considering using a driving service to or from an airport, here are some things to look for in the company you hire.)

You might also consider hiring these services for your parents, yourself, or anyone whose driving safety is a topic of concern. But of course, it isn’t only driving safety that calls for these services! They are more convenient and comfortable than virtually any other alternative.

Did you learn a lot about driving safety in this post?

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