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Old 08-26-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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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.
Driving or waiting for the mail to come?
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I think there are at least few states that offer restricted licenses that allow people to drive within X miles of their home. I guess that would be another possibility.

For the most part, individuals and their families do a pretty good job policing themselves and the elders in their immediate family. Percentage-wise, I don't see more seniors driving poorly than any other age group. I don't think we need another nanny. We have enough people telling us what we can't do.

Next, there's driving and DRIVING. My mom drove into her 80's but she lived in a small rural town of 6K people. She went to the doctor, pharmacy, grocery and that's it. She always went during the day, on a week day, at times when there was guaranteed to be little traffic. I think her driving wasn't quite the same as someone living in a busy metropolitan area having to drive crosstown in rush hour traffic or even in regular freeway conditions. Mom did what she could to minimize her risk, but everyone can't do what she did either.

Public transportation is awful in the US, except for a few of the very large cities. People have to be able to get from place to place. Driving represents freedom. You can come and go as you please. It's not an easy thing to give up. My grandmother was homebound for years because she had been injured in a fire and was unable to climb the stairs to get on the bus. And what if you live in a place where the bus stop is 120 degrees in the summer or the path to that bus stop is solid ice and snow?

I still believe it's best handled on an individual case basis.
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:49 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I just took a trip up a very curvy canyon with my 94 yr old friend in his Cobra Mustang, he can really make that thing scream (and ME TOO!). Glad he is still having fun, we do this when traffic is light .

Took a mtn drive with a gal friend who is 92 and she uses her Subaru daily to run 6 miles into Estes Park (VERY HEAVY traffic and lots of snow / ice / wind)

I have several 80 yr old friends that ride pretty hot motorcycles (They are unlikely to hurt someone else. Several friends in late 70's who are still owner-operators (semi Trucks) and running 80,000# with the pedal down.

But I do encourage refresher courses / safety training / safe cars with GOOD visibility (tough to find these days).

Good luck and be safe.!
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:55 PM
 
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More concerned with drivers under 25 that are likely to drive like an azz or be drunk.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Limiting this thread to just seniors is silly.

This particular thread IS about seniors. Since we don't have a Seniors Forum, it was created in the Retirement Forum. I'm not asking about any drivers of any age, I'm seeking opinions about SENIORS (very old). We all already know that drivers of any age can be dangerous , so I wish we could stay off that and stick with the seniors issue.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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But....would they do any of those things while taking a driving test?
Exactly. And would very old seniors be more on guard during the test to not allow themselves to have memory lapses, sudden leg cramps, heart attack and death at the wheel?

It's not that anyone is not at risk for these things, it's a matter of "more or less likely" because of age. It's also about the oldster's ability to have fast response to danger posed by other drivers. S/he may be driving along just fine, but if suddenly out of nowhere a car approaches as if to crash, is someone age 90 as likely to have as swift and decisive a response (awareness first) to the threat as someone age 50, all factors being equal (not drunk, not supermedicated and in reasonable health)? Have any studies been done on this so we can compare the very old with other drivers without circumstatial factors getting in the way?

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Old 08-27-2011, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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........on the other hand.....how good are you going to be at avoiding an accident if you are texting and don't even see it coming?

Better a slow reaction than none.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:04 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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........on the other hand.....how good are you going to be at avoiding an accident if you are texting and don't even see it coming?

Better a slow reaction than none.
Apples and oranges, just a matter of how you'll be positioned when you're pasted to the windshield.

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Old 08-27-2011, 07:23 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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If you remove the crash prone people from the roads then the rest of the drivers would not have to worry so much about collisions.
I think the insurance industry still ranks those under 25 as the most crash prone.

So who do you stop from driving, the older drivers with good driving records or the youngster with bad driving records?
I do believe every driver over 65 should get a vision test before every renewal.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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If you remove the crash prone people from the roads then the rest of the drivers would not have to worry so much about collisions.
I think the insurance industry still ranks those under 25 as the most crash prone.

So who do you stop from driving, the older drivers with good driving records or the youngster with bad driving records?
I do believe every driver over 65 should get a vision test before every renewal.
My license says I must wear corrective lenses and has since I was 63. Makes perfect sense to me as I've worn glasses every waking moment since I neared 50. In two states now, every time I've renewed a license I've had to take a vision test. It's a sensible requirement and certainly no burden or inconvenience.
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