It can be difficult to broach the subject of someone's driving, but if you really feel that the person has become a danger to themselves and to others on the roads, you must talk to them about it.
Try to put yourself in the person’s place and think about how they might feel about the idea of giving up driving, and approach the subject sensitively and tactfully.
Many people see driving as a big part of their independence so it’s likely they will react defensively at first.
Investigate local alternatives
If you’ve noticed they’re not as able to drive safely as they used to be, you could gently suggest that they consider other options for getting around.
Find out what public or community transport options are available, and whether the person would be eligible for any concessions. For ideas of other options that may be available, see our free guide (link below).
If the change in their ability is linked to a health condition, there could be a solution that would allow them to keep driving safely.
It's a legal obligation for the person to report certain health conditions to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) whether or not they are renewing their licence. The DVLA can:
- decide whether the person should stop driving based on this information
- contact the person’s GP or consultant (with their permission)
- arrange for a locally-appointed doctor or specialist to assess them
- refer them for a sight test
- refer them to a Mobility Centre, where they can have an assessment of their driving skills and discuss any suitable adaptations.
If you have an accident where your health condition may have been a factor and you haven’t declared it, you could be prosecuted and your insurance may not cover you.
As we get older, everyone must have regular eye tests and hearing tests, because sight or hearing problems can affect the way we drive. If somebody has been prescribed glasses for driving, they must wear them.
- For more tips on staying safe while driving, see top tips for older drivers
Ultimately, it's the person’s decision (or the DVLA’s) as to whether to stop driving, but encouraging them to think about whether they are putting themselves and others at risk might help them consider whether their driving is a concern.