Do older adults prefer to speak with their spouses about driving?

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

Older drivers have specific preferences for these conversations that vary based on several factors, such as marital status, gender, health and presence of other supportive individuals. Marital status is a significant factor that determines who should have the conversation with the older driver. The top choice of married drivers (50 percent) is to hear about driving concerns first from their spouses. Older drivers living alone prefer to have these conversations with their doctors, adult children or a close friend.
Men prefer to hear from a spouse slightly more than do women. Spouses have the advantage of observing driving over time and in different situations, as well as years of experience in dealing with sensitive topics and each other’s limitations. Not all married couples choose their spouses for this conversation. More than 15 percent of older men and women said their spouses were their last choice for hearing about driving concerns, reinforcing the importance of assessing individual preferences before having conversations about driving.

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