Putting Away the Keys



Nothing can turn a ‘zippidee-doo-dah’ day into a downer like blurry lanes and erratic driving. Keys act as a magic portal to independence and freedom, but as age progresses, the possibility for danger can increase. What are some warning signs we can watch?

Check out this list below:

  • Feeling uncomfortable, nervous, or fearful while driving
  • Dents and scrapes on the car or on fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs etc.
  • Difficulty staying in the lane of travel
  • Getting lost
  • Trouble paying attention to signals, road signs and pavement markings
  • Slower response to unexpected situations
  • Medical conditions or medications that may be affecting your ability to handle the car safely
  • Frequent “close calls” (i.e. almost crashing)
  • Trouble judging gaps in traffics at intersections and on highway entrance/exit ramps
  • Other drivers honking at you and instances when you are angry at other drivers
  • Friends or relatives not wanting to ride with you
  • Difficulty seeing the sides of the road when looking straight ahead
  • Easily distracted or having a hard time concentrating while driving.
  • Difficulty turning around to check over your shoulder while backing up or changing lanes
  • Frequent traffic tickets or warnings by traffic or law enforcement officers in the last year or two