Making the Transition From Driving

Giving up their car can be very difficult for some people.  There are many organizations that can help you or a loved one make that decision.  There are also programs that will help with the transition and will provide information about the many transportation options available.

The Cost of Driving

Did you know it costs about $6,000-$8,000 to operate your car every year?
Maintenance: about $100/month
Insurance & Licensing: about $150/month
Vehicle depreciation: about $2500/year, and
Gas & Oil: about $70/month

Here is a cost of driving calculator from the United States.

As soon as we develop one for Canada we’ll post it.

Remember, your per trip cost goes up the less you drive.

When to Make the Switch

The Vancouver Island Safety Council is a non-profit organization who provides programs for safe driving specifically for seniors as well as driving cessation for seniors.

Ohio’s Beyond Driving with Dignity uses a three-hour assessment to arrive at an objective, fact-based picture of a senior citizen’s driving ability. The program is offered locally by the Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati.

BCAA Road Safety Foundation looks at some of the warning signs that may tell you it is time to stop driving and what to do when you make that decision.

Videos

You might find some of these videos useful in making the decision to give up driving, or to help a loved one to do so.

AAA Driver cessation education & information

AAA Keep driving safely to keep driving longer

The Toronto Geriatric Rehab Centre offers this on keeping driving longer, and deciding when to stop

ABC News:  Deciding when it is time to give up driving

ABC News: When boomers must take the wheel from mom or dad

More Information

Here is information for physicians tasked with assessing aging drivers.

The NIH Senior Health website discusses a range of issues around senior drivers – stressing that it is not a person’s age but health that determines when a person should stop driving.

More detailed information on driver cessation from the Beverly Foundation is available here.

For even more information specific to BC you may wish to consult the 2010 BC Guide in Determining Fitness to Drive, put out by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

The U.S. National Centre on Senior Transportation has posted an article, written for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-funded Driving and Dementia initiative on Driving Cessation and Dementia. This article references: Alzheimers Facts and Figures 2012; Caregiving in the US; Transportation and Dementia; Community Mobility and Dementia; and Understanding Dementia and Driving.

AARP offers a free on-line seminar, We Need to Talk: Talking With Older Drivers: “How do you know when it’s time for your loved one to limit or stop driving? It’s a tough subject for most families, but it’s a series matter. Now there’s help. AARP offers a free online seminar called We Need to Talk that will help you determine how to assess your loved ones’ driving skills and provide tools to help you have this important conversation. And since it’s online you can set your own pace.”

An report in the September 27 New England Journal of Medicine (“Physicians’ Warnings for Unfit Drivers and the Risk of Trauma from Road Crashes”) concludes that doctors’ warnings to patients that they may be unfit to drive can reduce car accidents.