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Old 08-04-2017, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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This idea has been in my mind for some yrs and at 79 I'm so much closer. With the recent knee infection mess and not walking great and perhaps a knee replacement coming up, I find I don't want to drive and own a car more and more.

I have a 1995 Corolla with 47K miles and in good shape for a person who loves to fix autos. My neighbor works on cars and gets involved in selling them for friends etc. when they are ready. He is ready and I keep holding on although I have not driven since probably Nov 2016. The car is parked in my carport waiting for some TLC and someone who still wants to drive.

Just the money saved on upkeep is huge and the fact that I'm just plain tired of driving period. I drove a car for 62 yrs and can honestly say had one fender bender that another car caused. I was pulling into a parking space and he was pulling out his truck and banged into my passenger side.

I know the time will come when I will let go.

We have a lot of services in our town and grocery delivery is big and I already use that delivery. Plus I can rely on friends and daughter some times to take me where I really need to go.

To me it would be FREEDOM from another albatross.

Anyone relate.

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Old 08-04-2017, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Use Uber or Lyft.

It's easier and much more convenient than driving yourself.

You need the ride, not a car.
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Old 08-04-2017, 04:48 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I got my Uber account recently so I will get rid of one car. Between the two of us, we only need one good car. So ultimately I will move to drive less.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Plus today more than ever driving is a nightmare with all the texting going on behind that wheel. Just hope that the Uber driver isn't doing that number.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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My Mom went the opposite direction, she drives for Lyft.

It adds over 1K to her social security.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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This idea has been in my mind for some yrs and at 79 I'm so much closer. With the recent knee infection mess and not walking great and perhaps a knee replacement coming up, I find I don't want to drive and own a car more and more.
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Anyone relate.
Absolutely. For me and the wife as well as older friends. There's another thread about a 92 YOM who refuses to stop driving even without a license. My 99 YO FIL still gets angry for the police taking his license at 95!
One of the big things is reflex times are pathetic at our age. Also we do not heal well. An airbag crash will be devastating as most of us still steer from 2:00 and 10:00. The eyes are gone too, but we don't realize it.
Get in the back, buckle up, and let someone else do the driving.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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For sure our reflexes are much much slower. 10 yrs between ages makes a difference, from those in 60 vs those in 70's+.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Venus
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I hadn't driven for about 20 years now. Yeah, I miss the freedom of just jumping into the car if I needed to go somewhere. Now, I ask my "chauffeur" if he would drive me. I feel bad when he has to wait for me when I have an appointment. We usually schedule appointments together-like today. We both had eye appointments.

I do worry if there comes a time when he can't drive anymore.



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Old 08-04-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Miraflores
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I stopped driving and sold my car at around 55 because I can walk everywhere. I should have done it sooner, but living in the states ingrains car ownership into your blood.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I hadn't driven for about 20 years now. Yeah, I miss the freedom of just jumping into the car if I needed to go somewhere. Now, I ask my "chauffeur" if he would drive me. I feel bad when he has to wait for me when I have an appointment. We usually schedule appointments together-like today. We both had eye appointments.

I do worry if there comes a time when he can't drive anymore.



Cat
If and when that happens you'll have to learn new ways to get around, get stuff.. I live in a very good walking town but I'm on the "hard to walk list" now so forget that. Plus when there are big things like bottles of water etc, can't carry those. Giving up car(s) gives us a lot of extra money to shift our lives.

We have some good senior services too including rides to places and return home.

I still think about an accident years ago when an older man driving on a major street here, killed a young person...the sun was hitting his eyes and he lost vision of the young girl.

Then there was the accident when an older man lost control of his auto and drove thru a farmer's market and injured a lot of people and I recall killed some. He was 87 thinking back.
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