Your too old to drive!

@lilybug (21148)
United States
September 13, 2008 9:57am CST
My grandpa is in his 80's and even though, up until last night, he had never gotten into any car accidents his children have been trying to take his car away from him for the past 6 months. They took his keys from him, but he had a spare set they did not take, so he has been out driving again. Do you think it is right of them to take his car from him or do you think that the state should decide? What if it were you or your family? What would you do?
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I don't think they should be attempting unless they themselves have witnessed him driving erratically or dangerously. Otherwise I would leave it up to the state. Every state's laws differ, but I think most of them have precautions in place because they know older people can start to have problems driving. Many will make seniors go in to renew the license about every 2 years and be tested. If he can pass the state tests and has been accident/ticket free for all this time, I think he should be left alone. My granddad still drives and he is in his late 80's. I should note that I have had experience with older drivers. Like I said, my granddad drives and is a good driver. On the other hand I had an older woman turn in front me in a large intersection where I had the right of way and caused us to crash. (no one injured.) Every case is different and must be decided based on the facts surrounding that individual.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Very well said!
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
22 Sep 08
It depends whether your grandpa is still in good health or not. Does he still have a good eyesight? If not I do agree with your relatives to take his car keys away so he won;t harm himself or other people. If he is still in good health, I don't think that they should interfere in his life.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Their main concern is that he uses an oxygen tank around the house, but he will not take it with him when he goes out because it is too much of a pain for him.
@gemini_rose (16193)
15 Nov 08
To be honest with you I find that really sad. I mean if he is a competant driver and still has all his faculties about him why shouldnt he be able to drive. Taking that away from him is like they are trying to take his life away all because he is in his eighties. If it was me and it was happening to me I would be so angry at them I would tell them they have no right and I certainly would not dream of doing it to my parents. I mean my dad is in his sixties and he still rides a motorbike a fireblade in fact so not a slow thing, now he has come off it once not his fault but it scared me, in fact he never told me it was my son that told me and I worry about him but I would never dream of trying to take it away from him and stop him going on it. If I did he would feel like he had nowt to live for I would never dream of it.
• Canada
22 Sep 08
I think it should be mandatory for anyone over the age of sixty to have a test done each year to see if they are still safe to be on the road . There are many people that I know that have family that feels they should not be on the road and worry not only about their safety but the safety of all those on the road everytime one of their relatives takes out a vechile because they really are too old to be on the road and are not safe to be there . I realize they have a license but having a license does not guarantee that one is a safe driver or that one should be on the road and the older we get in life the slower our reflexes get so it only makes sence that we would not be as safe on the road .
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Well, make sure he can see well, and that he is wearing glasses because by 80 is vision is probably going. If he's healthy and has been driving carefully I don't think you have any need for concern. He must be very determined to be independent and not have to depend on anybody!