As we age, many different changes occur within our brains and body that could impact whether we can drive safely. No two people develop into their golden years the same and no set age defines the inability to successfully operate a motor vehicle; however, it is important to carefully observe the driving habits of your loved one while looking for warning signs that they may need to hang up their keys and invest in alternative transportation methods. But how do you know when it is time to tell your loved one they should not be driving anymore?
Adequate driving ability goes far beyond just the ability to physically operate a vehicle. Having mental awareness of what is going on around the vehicle and possessing the physical and cognitive capabilities needed to make quick decisions and react accordingly. As you might imagine, these are key skills that begin to decline first during the aging process for most individuals. Some of the other warning signs that may signify it is time for a senior to stop driving include:
- Having “close calls” whenever driving
- Being distracted easily while operating a vehicle
- Hitting curbs when turning or backing up
- Finding new scrapes or dents on the vehicle
- Decreased confidence while driving or merging
- Delayed response to other drivers’ movements
If a senior is exhibiting any of these signs, it may be time to sit them down and talk with them about their other options. Although many individuals find it hard to sensitively initiate this conversation and turn it into a productive moment. Seniors often have a lifetime of driving experience behind them and typically are not willing to give up the independence and mobility that comes with providing their own transportation. By researching options beforehand, family members can help provide great alternatives, like Deano’s Senior Transit, to ensure they can continue to do the things they want to do without hesitation.
How Does Senior Transportation Work?
Although many public transportation options claim to be accommodating for seniors, they generally do not have the features needed to provide a comfortable or enjoyable experience – particularly if a long-distance is being traveled. As a locally owned and operated business in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Deano’s Senior Transit is working to redefine senior transportation services to provide the best ride option possible for the aging population and other riders that need special accommodations for wheelchair accessibility. That means arriving on time and protecting our riders throughout their entire journey.
Intending to be the best senior transportation provider in Northeast Oklahoma, Deano’s Senior Transit allows for easy booking through our dispatchers or a convenient online ride request system. Once booked, our drivers can help ensure that you or your loved ones reach your doctor’s appointments, family gatherings and much more. We invite you to experience the Deano’s Senior Transit difference for yourself and learn how we are redefining senior transportation in Tulsa.
Why Choose Deano’s Senior Transit?
Deano’s Senior Transit is committed to providing affordable, safe, and comfortable transportation for seniors. With free Wi-Fi and 12-inch screen displays, you are guaranteed an enjoyable ride no matter what the distance is. If you need senior transit services, give us a call at (918) 973-3321 or contact us today!