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Old People Scare Me


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I drive a lot and have come to the conclusion that everyone over 65 should have to take a road test (WITH AN INSTRUCTOR) every 4 years to renew their license.

Why take the expressway if you're too scared to go more than 45 mph?

Is it really necessary to slow down to 2 mph to turn the corner?
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I feel bad for older people who start having trouble with driving.  I mean, on the one hand, I don't want other people on the road endangered by people whose proficiency has declined, but on the other hand, taking away a person's driver license = taking away his or her independence.

Original Post by purespark:

I feel bad for older people who start having trouble with driving.  I mean, on the one hand, I don't want other people on the road endangered by people whose proficiency has declined, but on the other hand, taking away a person's driver license = taking away his or her independence.

I agree! But i definitely see lgilli's point about being afraid too sometimes. i feel like some kind of renewal test would be a good idea, but then it would be awfully hard to enforce...

They are probably stoned.

I actually agree.

Maybe not 65... but 70+

I can't count the number of times I've had an old person pull in front of me without having any clue what they have done.

One day, husband and I were on the motorcycle, and an elderly woman turned in front of us, the wrong way, on a one way road!!!!  We were lucky no one was in the lane next to us or she would have killed us.

Look, if you don't like the way I drive just stay off the freakin sidewalk. Simple.

Original Post by jules817:

But i definitely see lgilli's point about being afraid too sometimes. i feel like some kind of renewal test would be a good idea, but then it would be awfully hard to enforce...

Yeah, I see her point too.  There definitely are elderly drivers out there who are a menace.

I was talking to N about this the other day, and I started thinking about how many extra DMV employees it would require to administer a program of re-testing elderly people every so many years.  Tons!  I know that the state of California could never afford that, and a lot of other states probably couldn't either.

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Look, if you don't like the way I drive just stay off the freakin sidewalk. Simple.

-dies-

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Look, if you don't like the way I drive just stay off the freakin sidewalk. Simple.

hehehe....

*pictures buck driving in an old lady buick, picking his nose, not realizing he's not on the road but on the sidewalk*

I will not comment with honesty in this thread, I will not comment with honesty in this thread, I will not comment with honesty in this thread...

Um, ditzy old people are...*grits teeth* really, really great. *shaky smile

*bursts out the honesty* I-think-we-should-eat-all-the-old-people! O.O :x

*looks around to see who said that*

I normally love *most* "old" people... and I really try to patient with them because I know that's where I'm headed inevitably (you are too lgil!!!).

But I do agree some of them should not be on the road - not only are they a danger to themselves, but to everyone else in their path, too.

I don't know which is worse - the person the young kid driving for the first few times, or the really old person who doesn't realize s/he is straddling the line!

Soylent Green is old people.

Original Post by purespark:

Original Post by jules817:

But i definitely see lgilli's point about being afraid too sometimes. i feel like some kind of renewal test would be a good idea, but then it would be awfully hard to enforce...

Yeah, I see her point too.  There definitely are elderly drivers out there who are a menace.

I was talking to N about this the other day, and I started thinking about how many extra DMV employees it would require to administer a program of re-testing elderly people every so many years.  Tons!  I know that the state of California could never afford that, and a lot of other states probably couldn't either.

I know Il requires seniors over a certain age to take the written test every 4 years now, but really it's the driven they should be making them retake.

*There will be a thread like this about us in a few years time!*

I understand that losing a license = losing independence but some cling to their independence far too long. There comes a time when you just have to let go and allow others to help.
Original Post by roxysparkles:

I don't know which is worse - the person the young kid driving for the first few times, or the really old person who doesn't realize s/he is straddling the line!

Statistically speaking teen drivers are in more accidents that drivers over the age of 65.  But drivers over 65 are second.

Original Post by lgilliammk:

I understand that losing a license = losing independence but some cling to their independence far too long. There comes a time when you just have to let go and allow others to help.


That's a lot easier said than done.

Imagine how you would feel if your independence was taken away now.  Then imagine how much sadder and more humiliating and frustrating it would be after another fifty or sixty years of having that independence.

Original Post by lgilliammk:

I understand that losing a license = losing independence but some cling to their independence far too long. There comes a time when you just have to let go and allow others to help.

My grandpa just turned 86.  I wish they would have taken his license about 6 years ago.  He's fallen asleep at the wheel a few times now and ended up in the median...  :/

Original Post by lostpumpkins:

Original Post by lgilliammk:

I understand that losing a license = losing independence but some cling to their independence far too long. There comes a time when you just have to let go and allow others to help.


That's a lot easier said than done.

Imagine how you would feel if your independence was taken away now.  Then imagine how much sadder and more humiliating and frustrating it would be after another fifty or sixty years of having that independence.

Agree.  Forcibly taking away a license, even if it's necessary, seems like like demoting an adult back to child status.

Not saying it shouldn't ever be done, but it's gotta be traumatic.

Original Post by stargazer1:

My grandpa just turned 86.  I wish they would have taken his license about 6 years ago.  He's fallen asleep at the wheel a few times now and ended up in the median...  :/

...and that's when, since the state isn't stepping in, the family needs to take his car keys.

Sucks.

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