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Old 02-13-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: englewood
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we are relocating down to englewood near venice. have heard the stories of older drivers. does anyone have any tales of incidents with them. before i get jumped on i know we will all be old one day. just wondering if this is as bad as we have heard. have been told to carefully park away from the store entrance to avoid getting hit by one of those huge road warrior tank cars. also been told to expect them to come blasting thru the intersection when our light has been green for a while. we have been to the area but it has been mostly in the summer when all the birds have flown north for the winter.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Coopersburg, PA
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your movein from NJ to Englwood and are worried about the drivers?
THats just to funny........
Seriously compaired to the way people drive up here in the North east...you wont have any problems at all
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:12 AM
 
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we are relocating down to englewood near venice. have heard the stories of older drivers. does anyone have any tales of incidents with them. before i get jumped on i know we will all be old one day. just wondering if this is as bad as we have heard. have been told to carefully park away from the store entrance to avoid getting hit by one of those huge road warrior tank cars. also been told to expect them to come blasting thru the intersection when our light has been green for a while. we have been to the area but it has been mostly in the summer when all the birds have flown north for the winter.
Yes, it can be bad... I drive in Venice every day & it's noticably worse this time of year. I've lost count how many close calls I've had with elderly drivers. I've had an elderly man even drive the wrong way down 41 coming straight at me & my childern I've seen them drive on the sidewalk. Last weekend, we were at Capt. Eddie's in Nokomis & as we were getting out of our car, an elderly woman was pulling out & hit the car right next to us! I kept telling her "you have damage" & you know what she did?- she took off. That is after she took about a minute to put her car back into drive & pull away... On Friday there was an accident on 41 in Venice- A big old Buick rear ended a work truck at a high rate of speed. The front end of the buick was completely crumpled. On the same day, my husband & I were going to lunch & had an elderly woman drift over into our lane. She only saw us when my husband laid on the horn. Heck, we are in an SUV & she didn't see us! A few months ago, an elderly man drove through the front glass into Perkins restaurant- if someone would have been sitting in the waiting area, they could have been killed.

Locals here are very defensive drivers- you have to be. We learn to expect these things to happen & try to be prepared for it. I've seen so many near disasters where if the other driver didn't act quickly, it would be really bad. Sigh... it's part of life here. You get used to it & adjust accordingly.

PS. Another reason we are looking to move up into Sarasota from south county. The median age drops from 68 to 41..

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Old 02-13-2010, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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The worst one I've encounter is the elderly driver who was in the far left lane, put on their right turn signal, and proceeded to cut across three lanes of traffic to make a right. My family and I just sat there dumbfounded and vowed to become much more defensive drivers right then and there.

Also don't sit or linger by the front windows in any establishment. At least once a week somebody in the parking lot hits the gas instead of the brake and crashes through the front of a store or restaurant. On the plus side, the news in Florida is really funny because there are the strangest stories.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:25 AM
 
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Yes, you get to a point where you have to just chuckle (out of nervous astonishment..)

Testing-meaning a driver's test- for elderly drivers really needs to be implemented here but it will never happen because they are the majority voter base. Right now, the only requirement for elderly drivers is that they have to take a vision test upon renewal starting at 80! That does not protect the rest of us on the road AT ALL. But I digress....

Forgot about this one....last week & I'm going to pick my kids up from school, my lane of traffic (right lane) comes to a complete stop & no one know why.. apparently 5 cars up, an elderly woman decides to pull off the road & park in the grass (i.e. someone's yard..). Unfortunately, the back end of her car is still in the road & she won't move. So now everyone in my lane is trying to swerve around her which creates a danger to everyone as the left lane has traffic going too. What a mess. I finally get around her & I see her just sitting there talking with her friend. Everyone was honking at her trying to get her to move out of the way & she was just clueless..

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Old 02-13-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Nokomis Fl
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Please do not even attempt to bike in the winter unless you have good life insurance
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: englewood
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up here in jersey the drivers are rude arrogant and always have to try to cut you off to be first but they do it with skill. i dont think i here of any one running into a restaurant or store window. i assume the problem is retirees move down to florida and the children are not there to yank the license when they get to be a danger. i did notice people love the left lane. they pull our from a parking lot and go across 3 lanes of traffic and do 1/2 the speed limit in the left lane cause they are going to make a left 5 miles down the road.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Venice, Fl
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My Harley sits in solitary confinement until after Easter Sunday. There is no way I am riding my bike with all of the blue hair Steve McQueens that grace our streets with their presence. Many years ago in Bradenton, my riding buddy was hit by the same driver twice. She ran a red light leaving Walmart on Cortez Road, hit him and then backed up and ran him over again. She told police she was unsure if she had ran something over and thats why she put the car in reverse. He is confined to a wheelchair and feeds through a tube. He doesnt even know who anyone is. Yea they need strict testing here.

A few years back on 41 south in Venice, my brother in law and myself were cut off in the left lane by a driver in the right lane. She crossed 3 lanes of traffic in an instant, then she blocked 41 for 10 minutes as she drove south weaving between all 3 lanes. We called police and they asked us to follow her and stay on the phone until police got to us. She drove like this from Venice Ave all the way to the goodwill store south of Center road. Police finally got in front of her and she was escorted into a parking lot. She told police that she forgot where she was going .

Im always terrified when I go to Walgreens on 41 and Center Rd. I keep close watch to make sure they are not coming through the building
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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up here in jersey the drivers are rude arrogant and always have to try to cut you off to be first but they do it with skill. i dont think i here of any one running into a restaurant or store window. i assume the problem is retirees move down to florida and the children are not there to yank the license when they get to be a danger. i did notice people love the left lane. they pull our from a parking lot and go across 3 lanes of traffic and do 1/2 the speed limit in the left lane cause they are going to make a left 5 miles down the road.
Oh yes, the right lane is typically the faster lane down here..


There is a similar thread going on in the Tampa forum right now-

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Old 02-13-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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My Harley sits in solitary confinement until after Easter Sunday. There is no way I am riding my bike with all of the blue hair Steve McQueens that grace our streets with their presence. Many years ago in Bradenton, my riding buddy was hit by the same driver twice. She ran a red light leaving Walmart on Cortez Road, hit him and then backed up and ran him over again. She told police she was unsure if she had ran something over and thats why she put the car in reverse. He is confined to a wheelchair and feeds through a tube. He doesnt even know who anyone is. Yea they need strict testing here.

A few years back on 41 south in Venice, my brother in law and myself were cut off in the left lane by a driver in the right lane. She crossed 3 lanes of traffic in an instant, then she blocked 41 for 10 minutes as she drove south weaving between all 3 lanes. We called police and they asked us to follow her and stay on the phone until police got to us. She drove like this from Venice Ave all the way to the goodwill store south of Center road. Police finally got in front of her and she was escorted into a parking lot. She told police that she forgot where she was going .

Im always terrified when I go to Walgreens on 41 and Center Rd. I keep close watch to make sure they are not coming through the building
Sorry about your friend OMW.. that's awful. You know how the AARP always pipes up & declares is so unfair & discriminatory to require driver's tests for seniors over a certain age? Well, I always wonder how the president of the AARP would feel if he/she had some relatives killed by an unfit elderly driver. You know, testing would also be for the safety of the elderly driver as well as the general public!

Hubby wants another motorcycle & I told him I'd rather he not while we have small children at home. It's a sad fact that it's just really dangerous for riders down here.
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