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Old 08-26-2011, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Florida
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My dad was a HORRIBLE driver all his life, he terrorized the entire family with his driving. As a senior he got even worse, no one would ride with him. We were at the point of taking the car from him, and, instead he died. I guess he had the drive or die mentality level.

My mother is 86, is still a good driver, she goes 70 on the highway, turns quickly and properly. She has decided not to drive at night, said she just doesn't feel as comfortable. She also said that she probably will give up driving in a couple of years. She hates how slow most oldies drive, really sets her off.

Me (age 64), well, I have always been a lead foot. As I recently told a friend, I have slowed down some, now I never exceed 90 on the interstate! He looked at me and groaned..yet the fool still rides with me!

No tickets, no accidents, just call me Lucky! Not smart...just lucky!
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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At any age a person may have issues that adversely affect their driving skills. However, I am in agreement that many lose their ability to react quickly when they become elderly (and at what age do we consider 'elderly' when referring to driving?); along with their eyesight getting bad/worse.

I've come across 'elderly' drivers who appear to not have a clue where they are as they're driving way below the speed limit, and/or drifting into another lane.

And I've been stressed out and intimidated by drivers of any age that drive quickly up behind me and tailgate.

The tailgaters are on my list of the most irritating and rude drivers. I'm constantly trying to keep an eye on them while keeping an eye on what is ahead of me. I do all I can to get away from them....even changing my route.
More and more now I see drivers passing on the right suddenly and with no signals, then weaving back and forth passing left right left and then latching onto someone's fender. In my post, above, this nearly caused a disaster with the old driver in the middle. Maybe the best time to travel is very early in the morning, to avoid all categories of risk--hopefully the oldsters and the young sassy drivers are still sleeping (at home that is).
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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Here's a take on this you probably haven't considered:

There will come a day when cars will drive themselves. I doubt seriously that day will come by 2020. However, by 2030, I think its quite likely and I expect it to happen gradually. Automakers will equip new cars with a device that will enable the driver to simply program a destination into a computer and the vehicle.

This will occur because:

1. The technology to do it, video cameras, mapquest, and computers that will fit in vehicles is here already.

2. If people will allow computers to do their driving for them, the accident rate will be greatly reduced and insurance costs minimized.

3. The insurance industry will "lead the charge" for this technology.

As far as today goes, I think elderly drivers are something of a problem, but younger drivers statistically are the biggest problem of all. Its probably more a function of miles driven, alcohol and drug use, and the times they are on the road than a function of driving skills.

Before Dad died, he worked with AARP in the safe driving program. He left believing elderly drivers ought to be subject to mandatory re-testing for a license every 2 or 3 years.
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I'd like to see the states start mandatory testing at about age 50. Hmm, reminds me of one of my former disability clients. He won his claim based on visual impairments, but continued to hold an unrestricted drivers license. He confided to me that he couldn't see the color of the traffic lights until he was actually in the middle of the intersection!
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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My mother made the decision to stop driving at night, for herself. I was very thankful for that one.

My 92yr old neighbor got into a terrible accident, his fault, and ended up totaling his car and the truck he hit. He suffered a fractured pelvis and lost his license. FINALLY!! He had been driving for years like a speed demon. He has recovered well and sometimes talks about trying to get his license back. He can't obviously, but he thinks he can still drive ok.
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Just like suspending licenses of drunk drivers its not going to stop aged drivers really. In fact the stats show we have much more serious probelms with drivers than the elderly in accident rates and deaths.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:05 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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--hopefully the oldsters and the young sassy drivers are still sleeping (at home that is).
Geezers rarely sleep in. I know. I am one. Most of us are out-and-about by 5:00 or 6:00.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Geezers rarely sleep in. I know. I am one. Most of us are out-and-about by 5:00 or 6:00.
I just knew you were going to come back with this.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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My parents stopped driving when they had problems seeing. I think having a couple of close calls helped in their decision.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I just knew you were going to come back with this.
Glad I didn't disappoint!
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