By Lauren Watral, MSW

Warning Signs of Unsafe Driving

Driving demands good judgment, quick reaction time and split-second decision making. Because of the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s, a person with the disease will eventually not be able to drive. It is often difficult to decide when to stop or limit driving. To help make this decision, get a driving evaluation from a certified professional. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association for referrals to organizations in your community that can perform these evaluations.

Warning signs of unsafe driving

The following behaviors may be signs that it is time to stop driving:

Tips to limit driving

Losing the independence driving provides can be upsetting and it may
be hard to give up the car keys. If the person with dementia insists on
driving, caregivers, friends or family members may need to take extra steps:

It is important to learn about other modes of transportation before it is time to stop driving. Make plans for other modes of transportation, such as rides from family members, friends or community services.