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Old 24th February 2018, 5:33 PM   #1
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Has anyone had to take away a parent's drivers license?

My father is turning 81 soon. His ability to drive has deteriorated steadily over the past few years. I don't know if it's safe for him to drive anymore. I'm dreading the day I have to tell him he can no longer drive, it'll be a big blow to his independence and sense of self-worth. I just don't want him or anyone else to be hurt.

Has anyone gone thru this before? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 25th February 2018, 3:37 AM   #2
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My father is turning 81 soon. His ability to drive has deteriorated steadily over the past few years. I don't know if it's safe for him to drive anymore. I'm dreading the day I have to tell him he can no longer drive, it'll be a big blow to his independence and sense of self-worth. I just don't want him or anyone else to be hurt.

Has anyone gone thru this before? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Do it a humourous way. I assume your dad has a good sense of humour!

Just remind him he can uber it or ask family members to cart him around town. Pay back for when he had to drive you and bro's around years ago!

On a more serious note, that sucks Alpha. This shouldn't fall all on your shoulders. Might be easier to get his family Dr to make this decision and tell him he can no longer drive, rather than you having to tell him he shouldn't drive anymore.
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Old 25th February 2018, 3:43 AM   #3
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Does your motor authority do regular re-tests of old folk? If so, perhaps failing the test would fix the problem.
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Old 25th February 2018, 11:03 AM   #4
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I took away the car. If someone is determined to drive a license means nothing.
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Old 25th February 2018, 4:10 PM   #5
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It's a very difficult thing to have to do...

Are you able to share your concerns with his doctor? This may be one way to do the responsible thing, while still protecting your relationship.
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Old 25th February 2018, 5:32 PM   #6
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Be sure to really assess if he can drive or not and be sure he has regular eye exams as eyes can deteriorate with age.

My dad became a drunk in his old age. When he was 70-something he was arrested for racing. Since he was drunk all the time, obviously, he had no business behind the wheel. That said, he never had a wreck that I knew of. He lived in the country. We took his car keys. His mind was really bad by then. I also stole his rifle. He was allowing riff-raff to hang out who were taking monetary advantage of him.

At one point, he was found (him not his car) in a ditch and was hospitalized. He became very stiff and immobile after his hospital stay. I guess they didn't give him PT. We sent him home with home healthcare people looking after him. But he threw the walker at the nurse. This was after the keys were taken. He was obviously wanting to go to the liquor store even though he had plenty of time to dry out in the hospital. So he fought people. Then he got on his riding lawnmower and disappeared for three days, no doubt to the liquor store. Then we put him in the nursing home. We had money to care for him at home, and I wanted that more than anything, but no one needs a lawsuit. His mind went way before his body gave it up, so unfortunately he was in there a long time and lived into his 90s sexually harassing nurses and thinking he was 19 and not recognizing his family members.

So my recommendation is get eyes checked, watch for dementia, watch for drinking and driving. Someone who has driven all their life may still be able to drive if they're not losing eyesight or losing their mind or drinking. So get him to the eye doctor, then go on a ride with him and see what you're dealing with.

Likely down the line, he will fall or something (that's how most old people begin the degeneration process) and not be able to do much anyway.

I used to think as I got old that living 2-3 blocks from the grocery store would help, but then I fell and can't walk that far anymore, but I can still drive just fine.

Good luck.
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Old 25th February 2018, 6:19 PM   #7
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I have mixed feelings about this as I don't think all old people necessarily have
to give up driving. Of course their are some who have diminished health and mental stability who pose a real danger to other people.

The old people in my family who are still living or passed on, decided on their own to give up driving when they knew it was time but before they completely gave up they naturally seemed to adjust their driving habits to match their driving skills. They stopped driving at night or in bad weather. They opted for routes that didn't involve fast paced roads like highways or freeways. They adjusted their speed. Before my grandma gave up driving she had pretty much reduced her driving to just running errands around her own neighborhood.
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Do it a humourous way. I assume your dad has a good sense of humour!

Just remind him he can uber it or ask family members to cart him around town. Pay back for when he had to drive you and bro's around years ago!

On a more serious note, that sucks Alpha. This shouldn't fall all on your shoulders. Might be easier to get his family Dr to make this decision and tell him he can no longer drive, rather than you having to tell him he shouldn't drive anymore.
that's a good suggestion as we do share the same primary doctor

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I took away the car. If someone is determined to drive a license means nothing.
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It's a very difficult thing to have to do...

Are you able to share your concerns with his doctor? This may be one way to do the responsible thing, while still protecting your relationship.
yes I can talk with his doctor, I don't know why I didn't think of that, but thanks
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Why are you going to do that? Have you ever had to issue a silver alert for him?

I hope you aren't thinking of doing that just because he's getting older. I'd kill my kid if they pulled that sht on me for no good reason.

Plus I'd be deeply hurt.
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Why are you going to do that?
because his driving is getting worse and worse and he may be a danger to himself or others

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I don't know what that is
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because his driving is getting worse and worse and he may be a danger to himself or others
You've been in the car with him to know that? Why didn't you offer to drive?
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You've been in the car with him to know that?
heck yeah I've been in the car with him dozens of times, how else would I know

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most of the time I do. my nerves can't take his driving any more
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heck yeah I've been in the car with him dozens of times, how else would I know
in all those dozens of times how many people did he hurt or cars did he smash up?

I'd just ask him if he wants for you to drive every time.
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in all those dozens of times how many people did he hurt or cars did he smash up?

I'd just ask him if he wants for you to drive every time.
he hasn't hurt anyone but the other day while parking in the garage he failed to brake early enough and smashed some stored items

but yeah I see your point. maybe it's too early. he should kill or maim someone before I take action
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I found this article that gives suggestions and there are some comments about it from others who are in your shoes.

https://www.agingcare.com/articles/i...eys-112306.htm

Hopefully you'll find something that can help you out alpha because I'm not gonna be much help here because I'm too sympathetic to old people losing their freedoms.

But if he's hitting stuff maybe it's time
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