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Do family conversations make a difference when talking to older drivers?

This answer is based on a publication and research conducted by The Hartford and MIT AgeLab:

Yes. Family conversations can make a difference when talking to older drivers. What you say or don’t say influences the decisions of older adults and can make the difference between safety or injury – life or death.

Although unsafe driving may be an uncomfortable subject, these ongoing conversations over time will help older adults weigh decisions and agree to drive less, avoid certain road conditions or stop driving. Of the older adults surveyed who reported that someone had talked with them about their driving, more than half said they followed the suggestions of others. Women generally complied more readily than men.

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