When it comes to keeping your loved one able to drive, you might need to help her break some bad habits. Here are just a few that your loved one might need to revamp.
Check that the Car Is Road Worthy
If the car isn’t ready to go, then your loved one isn’t ready to go, either. Help your loved one get in the habit of doing her own “pre-flight checklist.” This an include making sure that the car is gassed up and otherwise ready to go anywhere, even if that’s just a trip around the block.
Seat belts Are Mandatory
Some elderly loved ones grew up in a time when seat belts weren’t even mandatory in the car, much less mandatory to wear. Times have changed, however, and your loved one needs to make sure that every time she’s in her vehicle, she’s wearing her seatbelt.
Cell Phones Are off Limits While Driving
Cell phones can help your loved one find directions and stay in contact, but they’re dangerous while driving. Help your loved one get into the habit of keeping the cell phone in her purse, pocket, or the car’s console while she’s driving. That helps her to keep it out of her hands when she’s concentrating on driving.
Leave Plenty of Room Between Other Cars
Tailgating can quickly turn into a wreck. If your loved one is prone to tailgating, it’s time to break that habit. Convince your loved one to start leaving plenty of room between her car and other vehicles on the road. As your loved one becomes more aware of the cars around her, she can find that she’s better able to avoid incidents on the road.
Use Headlights When Necessary
In some states, headlights are mandatory at certain times, such as at dusk or when windshield wipers are in operation. Headlights help your loved one to see better, of course, but they’re equally important for helping your loved one’s vehicle to be as visible as possible.
If your loved one needs some backup help with transportation, consider hiring home care providers. They can help your loved one go wherever she needs to go without her feeling as if she’s losing any independence.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care services in Cupertino, CA, please contact the caring staff at Bay Area Home Care. Call today 650-938-4031.