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Post by Oldconn » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:04 am

I've sure gotten old! I have outlived my feet and my teeth

I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement,

New knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes

I'm half blind,

Can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine,

Take 40 different medications that

make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.

Have bouts with dementia,

Have poor circulation,

Hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.

Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92.

Have lost all my friends. But, thank God,

I still have my driver's license.


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Post by philipmasonfrance » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:52 am

Not sure how tongue in cheek Oldconn is there, but he does have a point - as I experienced earlier this year, almost causing our beloved Rover BRM to be written off by the b.st..d insurance company. Cruising home from the supermarket at dusk, headlights on and well under the 90 kph limit. A 4x4 pulls up at a Stop sign on the right; the driver looks at us, waits, and at the critical moment pulls out in front of us. I slammed everything on, the ABS worked perfectly and impact speed was less than 10 mph. Even the airbags didn't go off. It turned out that the driver is suffering from early Alzheimer's and, to quote his neighbour who keeps an eye on him "He has moments of forgetfulness"!!!! He no longer drives, but that could have been far worse. As it is, Ros still tenses every time a car pulls up at a junction to the right!



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Post by Oldconn » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:54 am

Actually I came across that in today's e-mails , at breakfast time, just as I was taking the first of my 5 daily pills, and rubbing my dodgy knee, and reflecting on the fact that I got my first driving licence 55 years ago!


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Post by Diyhell » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:14 pm

I fear many are of the vein of my grandfather: they give up when they have the accident that nearly kills them or someone else. Or kills them or someone else...


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Post by derekoss » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:34 pm

My father gave up at 92 ! After forgetting the handbrake in a car park. Only slight damage but the dreaded police call to me "everything is okay but"
They were kind enough to drive him and the car back home.
Two weeks later he took out the cash machine at a petrol station. They thought it a ram raid ! Now if you think car repairs are expensive ........

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Post by b.c.flat hat » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:58 pm

This decision is very difficult to take. Our generation value freedom of independent travel very much and have a sceptical attitude to anybody younger having a judgmental opinion of our driving abilities. I've seen some frightening driving from inexperienced youngsters too so it's not just us that make horrendous decisions. Safety of others must come first and rightly so, how the heck could I face relatives of some-one I've harmed? This question concerns how us older drivers meet a creeping unnoticed degradation of our abilities.

Up to now, I've fitted a camera and monitor the recordings if I think anything dodgy has occurred. I've made one mistake in the past 18 months which I recognised at the time and confirmed later on playback. I've arbitrarily decided that it's three and out in any twelve months. Best o' luck, Brian.



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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:16 pm

That's fine until we lose track of time :D


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Post by AntC » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:43 pm

I decided to start taking the IAM test every three years when I reached 70 and took the second this summer and had no problems, but I do notice I have more of a problem concentrating and I know it's lack of concentration that causes accidents, so I try and keep on top of it. I know that the test proves very little other than that my driving on those occasions was okay, but it makes me feel better!

I remember when I took my mother's car away from her, before anything awful happened, and she never forgave me.


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Post by scimitargtc » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:10 pm

After my brain haemorrhage in 2016 at the age of 56 I nearly gave up driving as the whole experience when I returned to the wheel was disagreeable. Silly mistakes no other vehicles or people at risk but WHAT IF.... after 6 months and with coaching I felt fine but have instructed my offspring to take all my cars keys away if I show signs of stupidity old age or generally unsafe. My mum rip gave up driving voluntarily at the age of 85 and just before we were probably thinking of suggesting it ourselves so whilst there will be what some might say selfish people who deem their right to mobility as absolute there will be others who recognise when to call it a day. I’d hate to injure someone and have to try to live with it


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Post by guybetts » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:52 pm

derekoss wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:34 pm
They were kind enough to drive him and the car back home.
We are going through this scenario right now, except the police haven't bought my father-in-law's car home. Apparently it has sustained damage, however at the moment we don't know any more.


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Post by Oldconn » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:19 am

I have obviously touched a tender spot , with a subject which I shouldn't have posted among the jokes. Guy, I hope the outcome is not serious , it must be a very worrying time. As for me, I reckon I am still a safer driver than my 21-year-old son who has managed to write off his Mum's Twingo. However, I agree completely with Brian ; when I detect the warning signs, there will be a GTE for sale.


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:17 am

Ha ha!

I completely missed that this is in jokes, there's milk an' cornflakes splattered all over the breakfast table!



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Post by Oldconn » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:34 am

Don't be too fussed, you'll grow out of it!


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Post by AntC » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:54 am

I missed that as well, so well and truly caught, but there is more than a grain of seriousness there.


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Post by Nick » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:21 am

I am coming up to 70, so will be doing the licence renawal bit. touch wood ,todate no problems. Still doing some sprinting ,and pleased to note can still beat some of the youngsters :D Experience still counts.

I think we may have to question continued "self certification" to drive, as some are less than honest. Increasing driver aids moving nearer self drive cars should help a lot. In the latest Volvo and Merc it is quite difficult to hit anything! Great if you can afford it


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