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ANCHOR LEAD: As the holiday season approaches, many Americans will be traveling by car to visit loved ones. With the number of older drivers increasing and more traffic on the highways, more adults are dealing with concerns about their older relatives' driving ability. How do you know when it's time to have "the talk"? Brian Osuch has more. (:00) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A new survey finds half of adults concerned about an older relatives driving have not talked to their older family member about it. And Gerontologist for The Hartford, Jodi Olshevski says it's important to get involved… CUT: (Olshevski) If you're worried, you should find out if your concerns are valid. The first step is getting in the car and observing the older driver. And once you get the facts, you're in a better position to help them. SCRIPT: She says look for patterns in driving problems, like difficulty parking or hitting curbs. Then it may be time to have "the talk"… CUT: (Olshevski) First you want to choose the right messenger, the person who has the best rapport with the driver. And choose the right time, which is most likely not during family gatherings. And then start the conversation in a nonthreatening way. SCRIPT: There are resources and tools available to help you… CUT: (Olshevski) To learn more about initiating a productive conversation, visit The Hartford's website at TheHartford.com-slash-Lifetime. SCRIPT: The good news… 44% of people who had "the talk" said it went better than expected. That's Newsbreak from The Hartford. I'm Brian Osuch.
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