Pensioners and driving

I’m no spring chicken anymore, at 43, and I’ve always loved driving. I’m really worried that the minute I hit 65 I’m going to have to rip up my driving license and throw it away.

I say this because of recent incidents I’ve experienced whilst both in cars and / or on the same roads as pensioners. The things they’ve done lead me to believe all pensioners should be chauffeured!

I know that it’s tarring a whole section of the population with the same brush, based on what I hope is probably just a few bad apples – and I guess that’s in a similar vein to people who say all Asian men must be paedophiles after the events in Rotherham (where I live), but until I see a pensioner driving reasonably, making progress with due care and attention, I’m keeping my preconceptions alive! 🙂

I’ve experienced being in the back of a car driven by an 81 year old relative, with his wife in the passenger seat. He was weaving across lanes on a large roundabout, with traffic all around him, not looking or caring about the beeps of other concerned road users… On the motorway, he couldn’t keep a constant speed, varying between 50 and 90, with his wife occasionally reaching across and flipping the indicators on and off for him, without being requested to do so. I was in genuine fear of my life!

Later the same day, I was in the passenger seat with his wife, and experienced her version. A mid seventies lady, with many years of experience, whilst on the drive, she put the car in reverse to move it back slightly – didn’t bother stopping, went straight through a bush and got stuck in their fence with the engine revving madly. I screamed, and I’m sure my fingernails are still stuck in the dashboard…

Most recently, I’ve nearly been wiped out by a pensioner that didn’t seem to be able to understand big, thick, fresh white lines on the road, or the three foot high letters explaining which lane goes where. I’ve got a dash cam in my car, which caught the whole thing – there is a small amount of “colourful” language coming out of my mouth just after the actual event. 🙂

So – I hope I keep driving for many years to come, but if I get like that, please provide a chauffeur, and rip up my license, if I haven’t already done it myself!

The Zoo Keeper

Author: TheZooKeeper

An IT Consultant, specialising in messaging and infrastructure (Wintel). Diabetic who used to like chocolate, doughnuts and Frank's RedHot sauce, but never got the chance to try all three in combination!

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