If an older person feels increasingly uneasy about driving, or has a few close calls or small incidents, “that is a sign things are changing” and it’s time for the person to stop driving, said Katherine Freund, president of the nonprofit Portland-based Independent Transportation Network of America. She and other experts offered tips on when to know it’s time to hang up the keys.
- Scrapes on the sides of the vehicle, a sign older drivers aren’t parking their car as well as they used to.
- Confusing the gas pedal with the brake for any reason.
- Stopping at a green light.
- Getting lost driving in a familiar neighborhood.
Katherine Freund gives retired priest John Feeney a ride to church at Holy Cross in South Portland. Freund created the Independent Transportation Network of America, a nonprofit that provides rides for seniors. Feeney lives in an independent living facility, Seventy Five State Street, in Portland and gets a ride to church from Freund’s agency every Sunday.
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