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You climb into your car with a long journey ahead and you get quite far into it as the roads are being good to you.  After a while you turn into a 60 mph single carriage way and you catch up with a car doing 40 to 50 mph.  You are stuck there for 10 miles or more and you notice whilst ripping your hair out that there's a white fluffy curled head piece just behind the steering wheel of the car in front and you.  Your worst fears have been confirmed, it's a pensioner who has no concept of time anymore.  They don't care about anyone else and they don't even know you are behind them no matter how close or far you are from them.  What do you do now?

I have been in this situation in the past.  I have flashed my lights, blasted the horn and edged out a little to show myself to the side mirror etc.  All of these attempts to get the attention of this person have little or no effect.  The only other option is to wait a very long time for a clear stretch of road then put the foot down escape this hell.  Of course there is the danger of a dip in the road and nearly a head on smash.  How often does this happen I wonder?  My guess is more frequent than we are led to believe.  Having experienced this too frequently, I now pull over somewhere, let the coffin dodger chug along at 40-50 in 2nd gear and light up to calm myself down before setting off again.

Old drivers, should the elderly have to re-take the driving test? Also what about stupid lane swapping every few minutes?  Okay, I suppose the sales reps do that as well!  Some more examples of crazy antics from old people would be driving the wrong way down motorways (how often do you hear about that), knocking over neighbours fence because they are in 1st not reverse, taking ages to exit a junction because they are not seated high enough to see properly out the windows.

Recently I was re-fuelling my car at a garage after a 12 hour shift.  I very tired and basically just wanted to get back home.  Along came an old lady, she missed her brake pedal and rammed her car into the back of mine causing me to spill petrol all down my leg and on the floor.  She then got out and BLAMED ME for not parking far enough forward!  My response was something along the lines of "If they made the pipes longer I would have parked on the road so you could have the whole forecourt to play dodgems in!"

Personally, I think all drivers over the age of 60 should to re-take a test at least every five years, perhaps at a subsidized rate.  My grandad who is 80 is not fit to drive a car both medically and mentally.  He still insists on driving so we are in contact with DVLA in the hope that they will revoke his licence. I think that is what caring family members should do.  If a pensioner can drive the wrong way down a motorway or drive into the back of a parked car in a petrol forecourt, they could just as easily plough over a child, someones daughter or son.  Hopefully this wont happen to anyone you know, but given the choice, I'm sure you would prefer that the family of that old person intervened before someone was seriously hurt.

By: Mark H


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Mr H

Mr H

I read an article a while back and it focused on reasons why elderdy people may drive slow.
If there eyes have gotton bad and things may look closer than they are in there mind the car is closer than it should be and are driver slower to avoid crashing.
Mr H
20th Oct 14 15:49

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marmalade

marmalade

Collar: ''if the Automobiles have got safeties'' Do you mean modern cars with airbags, ABS, traction control and the like?
Then why not just say so, old chap.
marmalade
24th Feb 14 18:28

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collar

collar

Personally I dont give a damn about slow drivers - I think people who go on about them must be very fussy, as they don't seem to have anything else to worry about,I expect all they do all evening after work is worry about getting in an automobile collision, if the Automobiles have got safeties, then people still have to to do their bit to drive properly. A financial incentive (saving petrol) must surely help, then people might even consider taking the 'bus.
Most people want to drive cars however, and will do until our public services improve greatly.
collar
24th Feb 14 17:45

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Jethro

Jethro

Nick, you seem to have a fixation with little fat men. Would you like to explain?
Jethro
24th Feb 14 16:41

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collar

collar

Nick,well done I couldnt agrre with you more, youve got your idea about old people across very well and anyone who drives all slow and doddery will read this article and buck their ideas up. It needs for people like this to be taken off the roads, and about those good drivers who have to get right up to the fast lane of a trunk road or a highway, when they could pootle for a bit, and who knows maybe half of them wouldnt be such poor drivers or fa and little if they did. and on the slows who think driving in the slow lanes doesnt apply to them and then get nicked by the police,ithen how come a car is to them is always a means to get from a to b if it is driven perfectly in the middle lane.
collar
24th Feb 14 16:05

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Nick

Nick

Does your civil partner know about little fat men or is he one as well.
Nick
24th Feb 14 15:40

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Jethro

Jethro

Nick, Too late, my civil partner has just read your retort and he's ballistic. I tried to console him saying you were only joking but he's screaming " let's see how he manages now".
Jethro
24th Feb 14 15:31

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Jethro

Jethro

Nick, If you'll be polite I'll review your case files. It might help if you're a little less bitter, you never know, we might be able to get that chip off your shoulder.
Jethro
24th Feb 14 15:21

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Nick

Nick

Why did you have a b*ner with him in the car? You like little fat men eh!
Nick
24th Feb 14 15:15

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Jethro

Jethro

Nick, No, actually the driver was the DSS manager that reviewed and cut your benefits.
Jethro
24th Feb 14 15:12

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Nick

Nick

Jethro I guess you were in the car alone, therefore two b*ners were in the car and one of them was driving.
Nick
24th Feb 14 14:39

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Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

The point is that you can get to 70mph much faster!

It is also a known fact that owning a Ferrari makes your manhood grow much larger and you become irresistable to women ;-)
Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)
24th Feb 14 13:15

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Nick

Nick

With the national speed limit being 70mph, what's the point of buying a Ferrari/Lamborghini, etc.?
Nick
24th Feb 14 12:06

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Dave Plant

Dave Plant

I don't think this is a problem just with older drivers. Every driver on the road is a menace at various times throughout their driving career.

Take speed limits, the motorway (unless directed otherwise) is 70 mph and yet nobody sticks to it.

Lane discipline is very poor with people hogging the middle and outside lanes.

Women drivers with a car full of kids taking roundabouts on two wheels.

And worse of all drivers thinking they are great drivers cutting everyone up.

The road designs don’t help either, such as 2 lanes before a set of lights going down to a single lane on the other side. Naturally idiots then go in the outside lane to cut you up on the other side.

Mini roundabouts that give priority to cars coming out of housing estates, so what do the drivers do, they use the housing estate as a rat run, further endangering children.

Parents who park outside the school gates.

And so it goes on.

If everyone was old then maybe we would all slow down.
Dave Plant
24th Feb 14 10:42

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Nick

Nick

Too many old crooks and yobs - that's a big problem Britain is facing today!
Nick
17th Oct 13 13:31

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