Giving Up the Keys

Attaining a driver’s license is one of life’s “rites of passage.” It symbolizes adulthood, freedom, independence and responsibility for one’s actions. Relinquishing the car keys is a not so welcome “rite of passage.”

Telling older adults they aren’t capable of doing something as basic and essential as driving is a humiliating reminder of losing what made getting a driver’s license so important in the first place.  Not being able to drive may represent the end of life as they’ve known it. Relinquishing the right to drive could affect where they live, who they see, what interests and activities they can pursue.