The decision to retire from driving is a difficult one for many senior citizens.
The decision to retire from driving is a difficult one for many senior citizens, yet the overwhelming majority aren't talking about it with family or physicians.
That's according to a new AAA study that encourages aging drivers and families start the discussion long before any accidents or injuries. The study says seniors outlive their ability to drive safely by seven to ten years.
Due to their fragility, they're at greater risk of serious injury or death if they're involved in an accident. But more than 80 percent of older drivers say they're not talking about their driving with their families and doctors.
"Families should actually start planning right around the time they start making plans for other life changes." Tamara Johnson with AAA says. "So, you know, retiring from work, making a change into a different house or even going into an assisted living facility."
AAA suggests families start the often-difficult discussion before any red flags occur, have one person speak with the driver so they don't feel attacked and avoid generalizations about senior drivers.