Old people and driving

January 5, 2007 6:57am CST
No disrespect to anyone elderly out there, but some older drivers can be downright scary! I'm not talking about those drivers whose many years of experience make them a safer, more cautious driver, but those whose small disabilities (failing eyesight, slower reaction times etc) put them and others around them at risk on the road. I don't think it's necessary at the moment by lawto be annually tested until you're 85, but I think it should start much earlier. On the other had, I appreciate that losing your car and thus your mobility can be severely limiting on your lifestyle. What does everyone else think?
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
5 Jan 07
Yeh I know what you mean but strangely enough they don't bother me its the young boys that worry me, they just have to show off all the time and some of their cars are so damned loud they hurt ones ear drums.
• Australia
5 Jan 07
Yep, there's some real idiots out there. All new teenage drivers should be forced to drive Morrises - there's no hooning possible in those! Thanks for replying to my discussions :)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
I reckon young drivers should be taught differently about what it means to drive a car and that it's not just to show off. Maybe if there were different things made up, that would be the rite's of passage into adulthood instead of getting a liscence and a car.
• Australia
7 Jan 07
Yeah, that's so true - it's a bit like drinking I guess... And just like that there's those that are sensible about it, those who'll have a bit of fun, and those who take it to extremes without a care for the consequences, and it's that small percentage that really need educating. But really, they've been trying to educate people about these things for many years now, and you'd have to be really thinck for it not to have sunk in, which's why I think it's good that they've decided to limit the power of cars that young drivers, especially repeat offenders, are allowed to use at first. Thanks for your comment morfessa1! :)
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@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I think that it should be tested earlier, and even though it may be a disadvantage and inconvenient to the older people, so be it. At least we would be keeping others on the road safe. I have so many times seen cars drifting into the other lane and a lot of the times it's an older person. Or other dangerous things as well. My mom rear-ended an old person at night totally on accident because they didn't have any of their lights on. I think they should be tested, and if they don't pass, then public transportation should be provided to them free of charge. Anything to keep others safe!