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Sorry, but you can’t drive anymore.

Thethirdmrsc

Registered User
Apr 4, 2018
171
Hi, does anyone have any tips on how to broach the taking away of the driving licence?
My OH had his HGV revoked on diagnosis 2 yrs ago, which he has not forgotten funnily enough, and we saw the consultant last month which coincided with his renewal of his drivers licence. Maybe it was they way he answered some questions, but I didn’t see this coming, that it got refused.
His son is coming over tomorrow night and we will both tell him, but it’s not going to go well.
It is for the best, and better now than an accident happening, but I know that I am not going to deal with his behaviour.
 

karaokePete

Registered User
Jul 23, 2017
5,511
N Ireland
Hello @Thethirdmrsc, this is a thorny subject that is often discussed. The Society have a Factsheet with information and advice and that can be read by clicking the 2nd line of the following link
Driving and dementia (439)
PDF printable version

Beyond that, you may be able to find some old threads with peoples experiences detailed if you use the search facility (see the top of the page)

Good luck. I had a bit of difficulty with my wife but she did accept it in the end.
 

Thethirdmrsc

Registered User
Apr 4, 2018
171
Hello @Thethirdmrsc, this is a thorny subject that is often discussed. The Society have a Factsheet with information and advice and that can be read by clicking the 2nd line of the following link
Driving and dementia (439)
PDF printable version

Beyond that, you may be able to find some old threads with peoples experiences detailed if you use the search facility (see the top of the page)

Good luck. I had a bit of difficulty with my wife but she did accept it in the end.
Thanks Pete.
 

Lirene

Registered User
Sep 15, 2019
184
If you are worried you must act now ! My husband actually had a crash, into a car parked outside the owners house. He was extremely lucky no one was injured and neither was he, although he was extremely shocked and shaken. Owners car written off, our car had 6k worth of damage.
I thank God no one was hurt or worse, an extremely tough lesson to learn-he never drove again and voluntarily cancelled licence. Love and hugs xx
 

Palerider

Registered User
Aug 9, 2015
1,816
North West
Hi, does anyone have any tips on how to broach the taking away of the driving licence?
My OH had his HGV revoked on diagnosis 2 yrs ago, which he has not forgotten funnily enough, and we saw the consultant last month which coincided with his renewal of his drivers licence. Maybe it was they way he answered some questions, but I didn’t see this coming, that it got refused.
His son is coming over tomorrow night and we will both tell him, but it’s not going to go well.
It is for the best, and better now than an accident happening, but I know that I am not going to deal with his behaviour.
Just do it. My dad couldn't fill in the forms to take away mums driving licence, he didn't have the heart to do it, so I did it. Mum could drive the car but kept on getting lost and we had to go and find her and save her a few times before I said that it was enough. There was backlash from mum, she was furious but thats the way it is
 

jugglingmum

Registered User
Jan 5, 2014
5,801
Chester
I took the car keys off mum. She had got lost driving from her house to mine (just outside London to chester) and we had to rescue her from Derby. She kept saying at least I didn't go on the wrong side of the dual carriageway for a few days afterwards, so I am convinced she nearly did.

I hadn't realised what dementia was and had nightmares for weeks that a few months earlier she had had my 8 year old son in the car when clearly not safe to drive (with hindsight and a knowledge of dementia I could see she wasn't safe to drive)
 

Casbow

Registered User
Sep 3, 2013
1,004
Colchester
Hi, does anyone have any tips on how to broach the taking away of the driving licence?
My OH had his HGV revoked on diagnosis 2 yrs ago, which he has not forgotten funnily enough, and we saw the consultant last month which coincided with his renewal of his drivers licence. Maybe it was they way he answered some questions, but I didn’t see this coming, that it got refused.
His son is coming over tomorrow night and we will both tell him, but it’s not going to go well.
It is for the best, and better now than an accident happening, but I know that I am not going to deal with his behaviour.
My husband had a couple of nasty near misses and one very dangerous maneuver and I knew he had to stop driving. He had always done most of the driving. I took him to the doctors surgery and we saw the doctor that knew about his dementia and what was happening and knew my husband very well. She told him that he must not drive anymore. My husband said nothing. For the next year, it was hell. He shouted at me that he should be driving. He would try to get out of the moving car. He would open the door whilst we were moving. He would undo his seat belt and set the alarm off. Eventually he went quiet and let me drive but is was misery for me. I didn't even want to drive. If you know that he should not drive you need to be straight with him and wait to take the miserable consequences. It will eventually settle but it is not easy. Just another miserable symptom of Dementia. But you do not want to be in an awful accident. Good luck. xx
 

Peachez

Registered User
Jun 19, 2016
124
South East England
make sure you know where the car keys are first - my FIL had copies made and had hidden them... 6 in all. We took to leaving chalk marks on the tyres so we could tell if he'd moved the car between our visits...
 

maryjoan

Registered User
Mar 25, 2017
1,412
South of the Border
Hi, does anyone have any tips on how to broach the taking away of the driving licence?
My OH had his HGV revoked on diagnosis 2 yrs ago, which he has not forgotten funnily enough, and we saw the consultant last month which coincided with his renewal of his drivers licence. Maybe it was they way he answered some questions, but I didn’t see this coming, that it got refused.
His son is coming over tomorrow night and we will both tell him, but it’s not going to go well.
It is for the best, and better now than an accident happening, but I know that I am not going to deal with his behaviour.
We live in a remote village. I gave up driving a few years ago because of sight problems.

So, the thought of him losing his license was fairly catastrophic for us, limiting our mobility completely.

However, when the doctor said this had to happen, and the forms came from the DVLA my OH was adamant that he was fit to drive.

The completely, easiest way of dealing with this situation is to BLAME SOMEONE ELSE - the Dr, the DVLA, anyone apart from yourself.

My OH was a coach driver - so think how many lives were at risk.

A few years down the line, and recently he went out and bought a pedal bike from someone advertising in the village - I did not know he was doing this - but it shows he does not grasp that he is not safe on the road. Fortunately, every road out of the village is up a steep hill, so he is contained within the very local area.......

Good Luck
 

Helly68

Registered User
Mar 12, 2018
637
On the Blame Someone else tack....
My Dad (not actually diagnosed but some memory and cognitive loss) had two near misses and his car was written off in an accident. I said to him, unless you can deal with all the other loonies on the road these days (a very popular rant with him) then perhaps you should give up. Funnily enough the decision was easier because of this. He avoids the anxiety and stress of dealing with everyone elses terrible driving and we don't refer to his ability (or otherwise) to drive.

It was the right thing to do as he only drive in daylight, certain routes, in good weather......the list of things he struggled with grew and it just wasn't practical or safe any more.
 

Weasell

Registered User
Oct 21, 2019
343
We sent the driving licence back to the DVLA with a note requesting it was cancelled with great ceremony. (In the five minute window she agreed to it) .The problem was that next year when she needed it as identification it was gone! and no passport!
So don’t make my mistake!
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
12,622
South coast
We sent the driving licence back to the DVLA with a note requesting it was cancelled with great ceremony. (In the five minute window she agreed to it) .The problem was that next year when she needed it as identification it was gone! and no passport!
So don’t make my mistake!
There are always round the lack of identification - my driving license is the old paper type without a photo and I dont have a passport. Usually a bus pass is acceptable
 

Sirena

Registered User
Feb 27, 2018
2,223
We sent the driving licence back to the DVLA with a note requesting it was cancelled with great ceremony. (In the five minute window she agreed to it) .The problem was that next year when she needed it as identification it was gone! and no passport!
So don’t make my mistake!
I'm wondering what she needed the ID for? My mother (now in a care home) can't drive so has no licence, and she hasn't got a passport or a bus pass. So no photo ID, the best I could offer would be a letter from the DWP. Fortunately I've never been asked to provide ID for her.
 

Pete1

Registered User
Jul 16, 2019
770
Hi All, I just told Mum that our Dr had written to the DVLA and cancelled her licence - she said 'the swine!' but at that stage I think she was quite conscious of her own limitations (she had started to have physical difficulties getting in an out of the car) - so as @canary said I got rid of the car the next day as I couldn't risk her going out in the car and having an accident where she or others were at risk. Later on when she asked 'whatever happened to my little car?' I just used to tell her it failed the MOT so we had to sell it.

Where I live there was a heartbreaking and tragic incident a few years ago now of an elderly driver that the police had applied to have his licence revoked as they deemed him unfit following an 'incident', he carried on driving whilst the DVLA were processing the application (I believe now the ban is immediate although not sure that would have stopped him) and a week later got confused of the road layout in the Town Centre and actually mounted the pavement killing a teenage girl. This was the main reason I acted as I did with Mum's car.
 

jugglingmum

Registered User
Jan 5, 2014
5,801
Chester
Where I live there was a heartbreaking and tragic incident a few years ago now of an elderly driver that the police had applied to have his licence revoked as they deemed him unfit following an 'incident', he carried on driving whilst the DVLA were processing the application (I believe now the ban is immediate although not sure that would have stopped him) and a week later got confused of the road layout in the Town Centre and actually mounted the pavement killing a teenage girl. This was the main reason I acted as I did with Mum's car.

I was conscious of these sort of incidents when I took mum's keys. She didn't understand and was very cross about it. She thought she'd be ok driving locally as she'd only got lost on a long journey.

We also discovered that she hadn't renewed her car insurance 9 months earlier and was facing prosecution for this, she hadn't opened the letter - we found it going through unopened post. She had tried to renew it but they no longer took cheques and she no longer understood how to fill out the card details on the renewal (she had been filling out the card details for years) She wouldn't renew over the phone as she was convinced giving out the 3 digit security code was a way to permanently access her bank account.

I couldn't have it on my conscience that I had let her continue to drive if she had injured or killed someone else. Her spatial awareness was gone and she could no longer judge speed or distance. Her car had multiple small scrapes classic for dementia sufferers.

It was hard dealing with her crossness, I was just very firm. I think she took it out on my daughter when I wasn't there. I knew she would badger my daughter for the keys, and my OH and hid them from everyone.
 

MrsV

Registered User
Apr 16, 2018
161
Northamptonshire
make sure you know where the car keys are first - my FIL had copies made and had hidden them... 6 in all. We took to leaving chalk marks on the tyres so we could tell if he'd moved the car between our visits...
Hi there,
After failing memory tests miserably they suggested Mum surrenders her driving license.
We told Mum once you turn 80th they take it off you, you're too old. We took the car keys and my husband disconnected something under the bonnet to be sure she couldn't drive it. then we told her it was broken and we sold it.
 

imsoblue

Registered User
Feb 19, 2018
354
In my town today, there is a PWD missing from his home for 2 weeks now. The family has even put out a reward. He just got in his truck and drove off. Hasn't been seen since October 27.
A co-worker's mom also drove off one day. They found her car along a major highway in another state out of fuel. No sign of her mom. Much searching and heartache ensued. They later found her "okay" in a house under construction in a neighboring town.
PWD getting lost and disappearing for days or harming themselves and others in an accident is the impetus in having these, not licenses, because that's just a piece of paper, but the keys and the car removed.