It may help to set limits when driving problems start. Stay off busy roads, or do not drive at times of the day when traffic is heaviest.
Do not drive when the weather is bad. Do not drive long distances. Drive only on roads the patient is used to.
Caregivers should try to lessen the person’s need to drive without making them feel isolated. Have someone deliver groceries, meals, or prescriptions to their home. Find a barber or hairdresser who will make home visits. Arrange for family and friends to visit and take them out for a few hours at a time.
Plan other ways to get your loved one places. Family members or friends, buses, taxis, and senior transportation services may be possibilities.
As danger to others or to your loved one increases, you may need to prevent to them from being able to use the car. Some ways to do this are:
- Hiding the keys
- Leaving out car keys that will not start the car
- Disabling the car so it will not start
- Selling the car
- Storing the care away from the home