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Persuading the Elderly Driver to Give Up the Keys


After family members have had a frank and open discussion with the elderly driver in their life, driving outcomes will vary. Perhaps the elderly driver has been convinced that he or she should retire from driving and is ready to give up the keys to the car. Or, perhaps, the older driver denies that driving is a problem. The parent or elderly relative is not willing to admit that driving skills have deteriorated, that eyesight has worsened, that reflexes are slower or that destinations of trips are often forgotten and produce confusion


What can done? One possibility might be that the elderly driver is presented with evidence from an objective third-party, that will observe, evaluate or guide the driver through a self-assessment. These could include services such as:

  • a road test conducted by the Motor Vehicle department,
  • an evaluation by a Driver Rehab Specialist,
  • a live recording of driving by a “Street Eyes” operator.
  • a Beyond Driving with Dignity Self-Assessment.

These are valid ways of assisting the older driver to come to a fact-based realization of his or her driving fitness.  But does it provide sufficient information to make that judgment?

After all, even if the older driver has successfully completed a one-time evaluation session, how can we be sure it was not a fluke? Perhaps, it was an especially good day for the older driver, one that did not reflect actual day-to-day performance.

Furthermore, what about concerns such as these:

  1. Does your parent or older relative often get lost, even on the way to well-known destinations?
  2. Is the elderly driver having trouble merging onto a highway at 50+ miles per hour?
  3. Is he or she have trouble with blind spots?
  4. Does the senior often slam on the brakes?
  5. Does she or he understand blurry road names, on exit signs?
  6. Does the driver often accelerate rapidly?
  7. Does he or she speed?
  8. Does the driver have trouble turning smoothly?


What if there were a way to track the senior driver’s day-to-day driving performance, in a non-threatening, unobtrusive manner? What if you could collect objective information right on your smart phone and could generate reports on performance that are solidly fact-based and that you could present to the elderly driver?

There is a way. It’s called, Zubie.


Zubie can monitor the car’s health, figure out why the Check Engine Light is on, issue alerts  to potential problems, and detect battery drain. It insures family safety, locating the car and driver in real-time. It helps to improve driving behaviour by keeping tabs on various driving metrics

It has a motion monitor, that can notify you when a car engine has been turned on a particular day and time. It issues place alerts, letting you know when loved ones have arrived or left from common places such as home, volunteer job, church and senior centre. Zubie’s unique trip metrics provide you with estimated fuel cost and driving behavior; including hard braking, rapid accelerations and speeding to help your parent or spouse improve their driving skills.  If you are uncertain that a senior driver really knows where they are going, you can put your mind at ease with tracking their whereabouts on Zubie, where vehicle location is updated frequently on a map to prevent misdirection and check-in as needed.

Zubie helps drivers understand their skill level, using a unique, proprietary, driver scoring system, that utilizes the top five factors insurance companies use, including: hard braking, speeding, rapid acceleration, idle time and night driving. Not only are these habits recorded in the trip tracker, you are also alerted on your smart phone, when they do occur.

Zubie system uses two components: your smart phone and the Zubie plug-in device that connects to the car’s on-board diagnostics parameter IDs port, or OBDII for short. The information it gathers from your car is sent to your smart phone which translates the data into a cohesive report, generated by Zubie’s phone app.

Since Zubie plugs into the OBDII port of a car, diagnosing engine troubles and dead batteries, before they occur, is no problem. If the engine light comes on, the app will generate out a notification with the engine code causing the issue. Not only does Zubie translate the engine code for you, it also indicates how severe the problem is.

For more information on Zubie check them out at www.zubie.com

If you happen to use Zubie, especially to monitor your parent or elderly relative, please let me know what is your experience with it.

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