Even though you may not be too keen on the idea of your aging parent or grandparent still driving on their own, they are probably pretty adamant about keeping their car and driver's license. The fact is, being able to drive represents freedom and self-reliance in the eyes of a senior citizen, so giving that up can be extremely hard to do. You may not be able to talk your loved one into not driving or giving up their wheels, but what you can do is help ensure they are safe out on the road as much as you can. This can be accomplished by providing your beloved senior relative with an emergency care package they can keep in their car.
Why should you give your elderly loved one an emergency care pack for their car?
There are a few reasons why this is a good idea. For one, your relative may not think to keep certain things in their vehicle or may assume that they will never need them. Secondly, if your loved one breaks down and has to wait on a towing service to help them, they can be more prone to overheating or getting cold because of their age.
What should you include in the emergency car care package for a senior driver?
Creating an emergency care package is fairly simple. Just grab a small box and fill it with items your senior driver may need if they run into problems on the road. For example, toss in a good flashlight and some extra batteries, a few shelf-stable snacks, bottled water, and even the numbers to local auto towing services written on a notepad or written on the box itself. Just think of things the average driver would need if they ran into a driving emergency and stock the kit with what you think will be needed but also keep in mind the needs can be different for a senior citizen. For example, you may want to toss in an extra emergency blanket, medications they normally take, or a magnifying glass.
How should you introduce the car emergency kit to your senior driver?
Most of the time, an elderly adult will allow you to create the box and put it in their vehicle without a fuss. However, if they see the idea as lack of faith in their driving abilities, simply explain to them that you have an emergency car kit too (just make sure you actually do so you can show them). Show them all the items in the box and explain why they may need it if they are ever left in a bad situation.