I Want to Do My Own Driving Evaluation

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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Explorer Ron frames the question: "How does one decide whether or not to continue driving?" Should it be one's self, or someone else?

Members discuss the 'stages of deciding' which they have observed in their own expeniences.

  • Who would you trust to do the driving skills evaluation?
  • Have family or friends brought up the subject of your driving?
  • Have you evaluated alternative resources for transportation?
  • What would have to change for you to give up driving?

Barriers to facing cessation of driving include: ego, habit, instant 'transportation gratification', denial of declining health status, lack of safety awareness, ignoring poor reflexes, and fear of failure.

Possible Solutions: confidential self-testing for sharpness, specific driving skill testing, and building the test function into the car's software .

Should it be one's self who decides, or someone else? The group concludes it should be a combination.

 

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Key words: 
driving ability app, driving cessation, driving test

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