How To Tell A Parent They Can’t Drive Anymore
One of the hardest conversations a family can have with a senior loved one is the conversation that ends with you telling them they shouldn’t be driving anymore. That the cognitive degeneration from age has resulted in the senior being a liability to themselves and other motorists. But before families can talk about taking the keys away from a senior driver they most first determine without bias that they are indeed unsafe drivers. So what do you do if you think someone is unfit to drive? The answer is to find out if they are able to drive through the use of an elderly car tracking device.
GPS Car Trackers For Elderly Parents
Vehicle Tracking Devices For Elderly Drivers
GPS tracking systems, regardless of what your personal views are on the monitoring technology, have played a very influential role in promoting highway and road safety. This is because car tracking systems provide companies a way to manage the driving activity of employees, parents a covert method to observe teen driving activity to ensure a teen is not speeding, and concerned family members the ability to occasionally check on senior family members to make certain that they are still capable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Although when most people think of tracking devices designed for monitoring the elderly they think of portable personal tracking systems that monitor seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, one of the most common forms of elderly tracking involves car tracking. Here are some of the reasons concerned families are using GPS to monitor seniors to be sure they are safe to drive:
- Monitor trips to doctors’ officers, nursing homes, and independent living
- Observe driving ability and any warning signs it might be time to revoke a driver’s license
- Quickly locate a senior if they have an emergency medical condition and need assistance
- Make sure senior is safe behind the wheel
- Multiple family members can use cell phones to see where a senior is at with free mobile app
When a senior refuses to stop driving it then becomes the families’ responsibility to oversee the elderly persons’ ability to drive. The combination of health conditions (seniors with Alzheimer’s) and other factors can all determine if an elderly person can drive safely. Driving privileges are important to all seniors trying to avoid full-time in-home care and live an independent life. GPS vehicle trackers will provide the data that determine an unsafe senior driver and whether it is time for a family to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles.
GPS Car Tracking: Observing Elderly Driving
Road and driver safety is something that is important to everyone because we all share the roadways, and that is why it is so critical to observe the driving habits of people who could potentially need to hang up the car keys for good. Is grandpa really losing his ability to operate a motor vehicle, or is he simply a little tired today? Is grandma getting lost in a very familiar neighborhood, or was it an isolated incident? With the help of live car tracking systems, families can learn everything about a senior driver and whether or not alternative solutions need to be found to increase elderly driver safety.
Families Use Car GPS Trackers To Observe Unfit Senior Drivers
GPS tracking systems designed to observe the driving behaviors of senior citizens are easier to use than most people think. The vehicle tracking systems offer two options for families who believe a senior may be a danger on the road:
- Hard-wire a real-time system to the elderly family member’s vehicle so battery-life is not a concern, and driving activity can be monitored 24/7 via satellite image program remotely from a personal computer.
- Place a portable live tracker somewhere inside the vehicle cab, and remotely monitor driving data. This option is an excellent choice for people who may not be able to get grandma or grandpa’s car for a long enough time to have a car tracker installed. Additional extended battery pack accessories are available for people who are looking for a long-term portable solution.
Using real-time trackers is a simple process that can provide family data essential to increasing personal safety. Also, for people who do not feel very proficient with computers, many GPS tracking companies provide free technical support for the life of the product!
Senior safety is too important not to monitor, therefore, families need to take the appropriate steps to evaluate the driving habits of elderly drivers through surveillance trackers.
For more information on senior driving check out the top 5 ways to stop an elderly person from driving.
Senior GPS Tracking Device Questions
Since the SilverCloud GPS tracker made its debut yesterday, many people have been contacting Tracking System Direct and inquiring about the new real-time monitoring device. Looking to provide answers to those still with questions about the SilverCloud GPS, Tracking System Direct has chosen to post some of the most frequently asked questions sent by potential customers in an effort to expand the available and accessible information on the new GPS unit.
Q: Do the senior car tracking devices have an exterior magnetic mount so they can be hidden in an elderly driver’s car?
A: Many real time GPS tracking devices have exterior magnetic mounts that will also provide additional waterproof capabilities.
Q: How far do senior GPS trackers work?
A: Live GPS tracking devices will be programmed to operate within the United States. If the GPS tracking unit is going to be used outside the US, there are two options. The customer can send in the unit for programming and will be billed the international rate when activated for international use. The second option is to purchase the device to operate as a full-time international unit. Therefore, it will work anywhere. The issue with the 2nd option is that the monthly data plan is $ 10.00 per month higher. If the user goes with option 1, after they receive the international conversion, they will have to send it back to LAS to reprogram back to the US configuration if they want the fee back to the $ 39.95 rate. Activation fees will apply when moving from international to US configurations.
Q: How many hours of data logging at 10-sec intervals will the unit be good for before needing to be recharged?
A: This will really depend on the number of hours the vehicle is driven per day. 2-3 hours of “motion” per day will provide 4-5 days of recording. The GPS tracking unit will offer a longer recording if driving time is less. The extended battery accessory will provide approximately a month’s worth of additional tracking time if used as above. Remember, the battery level is displayed with the live position to monitor status.
Q: Rate plans are defined as domestic and I’m wondering if you guys have contracts with cellular providers worldwide to upload GPS data to your servers and if the monthly plan rates vary for us north of the border?
A: As stated above in an earlier answer regarding international service, the tracking devices are programmed as US-based units. If the vehicle crosses the US or Mexico border, US towers will pick up the device for approximately 5-10 miles depending upon terrain. Beyond that, they will not pick up a signal as Mexico and Canada are designated as international locations.
Q: Where can I hide a GPS tracker on my elderly father’s car?
A: Click here for a more detailed explanation on where are the best places to put a GPS tracker on a car.
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