Home     Links     Contact Us     Bookmark  
   Homepage      News      Legal Forum      Dictionary  
Home : Legal Forum : Cars & Transportation Safety

I have a 96 year-old father whom will not stop driving even though he has hit things.How can I get him to stop
Find answers to your legal question.

I have a 96 year-old father whom will not stop driving even though he has hit things.How can I get him to stop


put him in a home. You must live in florida b/c every old fart wants to drive but can't see the road.

take his keys and drive for him


have his license taken away

get a card board cut out then put it on the back of his car when not looing and attach a string to the wheel and
pretend he ran over a person then say one day that person could be real. or even take a sledge hammer and get rid of it so he can't hit anything period.!!!!!!!!!

Gail J
Take his car keys away,duh

You are really fortunate to have been able to share so many years with your dad. Driving is such an important part of a man's life, especially a man from his generation. Getting him to stop driving is going to mean that he not only loses something he loves, but also part of his freedom. It sounds like he has reached a point where driving is dangerous. I'd take the car away from him but make a point to take him out to drive at least once a week with you in the passenger seat. You still owe him from when he taught you to drive.

I say take his keys away and firmly tell him why he can't have his keys. My mother had a neighbor who had 4 accidents in a month's time all within a 4 house radius. This neighbor was 89 at the time and still attempting to drive. Her children had to take her keys completely from her and remove the car from the home. It was for the good of everyone.

Also, give your dad an alternative solution to transportation. Maybe all the children can pitch in and drive him around. Give him certain days on when everyone is available. Also, there most cities have commuter buses for the elderly that will pick them up, and take them to places like the grocery store, to doctors visits, to pick up prescriptions, etc.

jet drag-on
My Dad had a stroke and his driving was eratic and he went out in the middle of the night, so we "lost" all the car keys. He would look but not find them so he had to stay home. He had to depend on me to drive him since I said my insurance didn't cover another driver and he couldn't take my car. Simple solution to a tricky problem.

Take your father to his doctor, and give the doctor the heads-up
about his driving record. It will be easier to hear it from a doctor.
Sometimes, you have to just exercise tough love and tell him
the truth. Find a moment, take his hand, tell him how much you
love him, remind him of the unpleasant truths you were told by him, years ago, and be strong. Offer him alternatives to getting around.
Be sympathetic and verbally confirm all the things he will feel
by surrendering car keys. He needs to know that you understand
that this is a huge loss. Affirm that you've respected his decision
making and that you know he wouldn't put anyone in danger.
My father was only 75 when he had to quit driving due to
a stroke and Parkinson's. I candidly asked him how he would
feel if he hurt someone (especially a small child) and whether
driving would seem worth the price that someone else had
to pay, possibly with their life. It is a hard subject to deal with.
Above all, be tender towards his feelings. If he still remains
fixed on driving, suggest an elderly driving refresher course.
Trained professionals can communicate truth in a non-personal
way. As hard as it is to be firm on this, think of the regrets you would have if he hurt someone, or himself.

Report him to the police, then appear to be in shock and dismay when they show up

Liz J
If you want your father to stop driving, scare him into quitting. If he is hitting things he could hit a child, that's scary, he should realize that. Good Luck, anyone that age is going to be hard headed and stubborn.

It's imperative that you talk to his doctor and tell him you are concerned for your father's safety-- as well as the safety of everyone else in your father's vicinity.
You may want to call adult protective services in your area and see how they can help.

Be direct and Firm, but Gentle. You could say something like"Look I know it is hard to realize that time has done a number on your vision and memory, but as many accidents as you had what if you hurt an innocent person?" "And each time you drive you make that risk for others." Or something like "Hey, since I think its time to hang up the license and you may not how about you take a retest?" Best Wishes.

maybe call the registry, ask them, tell your father he needs to take a eye exam or a road test

Tell him if he its somebody he might end up in Jail being some big guy's *****.

leslie h
Well tell him to stop driving because he might have an accident and he might get problems so it will be better if you make him to stay home because it's really dangerous for somebody like you father to be driving.

Shoot him? No, dont do that. You'll have a rat's butt chance in heck trying to remove independence from an older person. Remember how hard you struggled to get yours?

You: dad youre 96 for petes sake

Dad: aaaaaaaaaand your point( coughs and wheezes from the long aaaaaaaaaaand)

You: Dad i really think you need to stop driving youre too old for this . Ever since I was young you told me not to let you drive past 70 and now YOUR 96!!!

Dad: (coughs ) ok son if I cant drive you cant drive either im 96 and your 70 so looks like we call it quits from here.

You: ok I agree.

Dad: said and done!

(shake hands and you swallow the keys and die)

You have to take away his keys or his car altogether.

u must drive him where he want to go.he is your father isnt he.

My Granny was in her 80's. She was furious when Aunt *Rose suggested she stop driving. We even got kicked out of her house while visiting. So, they send me in. I failed. So my Dad disabled her car. He got a mechanic to say the engine blew and soon the tranny would need replacement. She said then I'll buy a new car. We took her to buy one, and she was shocked at what she'd have to pay. She said she wouldn't live long enough to get good use at a price like that. We had to do it and be sneaky because she had coke bottle glasses, had a hearing aid and drove like a bat out of hell. Her car is still available for use when the family goes to Texas. Granny G. passed but at least in heaven she's not mad at us for duping her.

take his coil wire off so it does not start

Mama Pastafarian
Are you one of Uncle Lloyd's kids? He's still driving at 98, and it scares me to see him on the road!

Anyway, how often does your father see his doctor? If he has an appointment coming up, call the doctor and tell him of your concerns. He could tell your father that he is not to drive anymore, and your father might listen.

Another option is to try to convince Dad to give up his license for only one month. Tell him that you and other family members will drive him where he needs to go. Hopefully, during that month, he'll realize how well life goes on without his driving, and that he doesn't need to drive. Maybe he'll start to enjoy the chauffeur service.

You could do this in conjunction with the above idea of removing the coil wire. If his car doesn't start, he can't drive! Then you and others drive him around until he starts to not care about not being able to drive.

The last option is desperation: Call the police when he drives. If they pull him over and tell him that he is a menace on the road, they could take his license away. This will upset him A LOT, and really make him mad.

Susan K
Bailey: I understand your worry and frustration about your father. My parents are older and driving with my mother has always been harrowing. My sister works for DMV in the state of Kansas, and her experience with elder drivers is this: if they know their routes and drive only to the store, doctor, church, etc. they are actually as safe on the road as anyone else. Being able to drive gives your father a sense of independence and worth as a human being that aging tends to take away from us. As long as he can pass the vision test and limits his driving to his home area, it's better to let him drive as long as he's physically able to do so.

I've been down that road with an elderly friend. We just had to clip his wings after he had a couple of pretty serious wrecks. Take his keys. You'd do the same for a friend who's been drinking.

hide his license, then he has to take another test, Maybe he will fail the test.

Hide his keys. If that doesn't work I believe there is a way to report him so the state will revoke his driver's license ( I know in Pa. they will do this if a person has had a stroke...it happened to my neighbor). His doctor reported him to the state, and he is no longer allowed to drive.

Contact your local DMV or State Police and ask if there is a way to have his driving privileges revoked. You may also try contacting his insurance company. They don't like covering people who have numerous accidents.

Hope this was helpful. Good Luck.

tell him nicely: Dad, im am a little concered about you driving at your age. Maybe you should stop and you would lower the risk of getting hurt. Maybe I (if you drive) could give you a ride or someone else you know.

Call the cops they next time he heads out. If they won't stop him them its on them when he hurts someone.

Call motor vehicle and ask who can you talk to concerning this matter because he is dangering himself and other motorist on the road children, pedestrians etc.... let them know this and tell them all the information you can to keep your father alive and the people that would be driving around him and they will take his license away and you can then stop him by taking his keys I rather take his keys then lose him or he end up locked up for killing some one or hurting some one this is serious what did not happen today may happen tommorrow! God Bless!

 Enter Your Message or Comment

User Name:  
User Email:   
Post a comment:

Legal Discussion Forum

 Why do we have to buckle up our seat belts when we are in the car??

 Is a Mustang to high powered for a 16 year old?
I want a Mustang sooo bad wen I turn 16 but my parents say it is too "high powered." Is that true?...

 Why school buses don't have seat belts?
Its probably not a really great question but, Why is it that police strongly forces on buckling up our seat belts, when i have noticed , even when i was little.
why school buses dont have ...

 What are the most important stuff to carry with you when you driving a car?
any mechanical ...

 Should Old People be allowed to drive?

Additional Details
Could someone please give me some good websites which have good sources and are realible Its for my coursework (OCR Science in the News)


 Would anyone aggree with me , if women stoped driving the roads would be a lot safer.?

 How do i stop my neighbours parking their 5 vans on the street ? ?
my neighbours opposite have 5 large vans, 2 are parked on the drive and the other 3 are parked on the road, any ideas on making life hard or doing something to prevent them from doing so ?

 Reasons not to drink and drive?
I'm trying to write a persuasive essay for school, we have to take a groups view and do a paper on it. I was thinking about doing it on MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). All I have for main ...

 Whats the difference between overtaking a learner driver and a horse?
My question is not a joke.
How do you overtake a horse?.....Pass slow and wide with minimal noise and disturbance for the horse. This is the realistic answer, correct? Drivers have respect ...

 Neighbour has a second car (untaxed) permanently blocking our shared visitor parking space, what can i do?
There are 3 spaces off-road in front of both our houses. ! space each and the middle space is shared according to the deeds. Essentially, this is for visitors. Neighbour has a second car, untaxed and ...

 Why do the British drive on the wrong side of the road?

 Do people still pick up hitchhikers ? Would you ?

 Can you parallel park correctly on the first try?
I do great going forward but that parallel parking just kills me. You?...

 Are you a good driver?

 Do these kind of people get on your last nerve?
Driving and talking on cell phone, not paying attention, driving in fast lane 50 mph, cutting people off and not even realizing it. Should talking on cell phone while driving be illegal?...

 Should people that don't put a seat belt on their children go to jail?
So im on a debate here and i have to agree to this questoin... i need facts and information for why they should go to jail....

 My wife collided with a car that had left his indicator on. Whose to blame?
She was emerging from a junction, with the car approaching from the right, indicating to turn to his left. My wife thus came out, assuming he was entering the junction where my wife was. He went ...

 Which is worse?
Is driving without a seatbelt worse? Or driving uninsured?...

 Which Kills more, Speeding or bad driving?
I know i just asked a similar question, but in retrospect I felt the grammar didn't convey what I really ment.

What i mean is... which is more likely to kill someone? driving too fast,...

 What happens when you are issued a traffic ticket and you dont show up to court or mail in the ticket?

Copyright (c) 2009-2013 Wiki Law 3k Sunday, February 7, 2016 - Trusted legal information for you.
Archive: Forum  |  Forum  |  Forum  |  Links