Senior Drivers Open to Discussion About Limiting Driving: Survey

June 24, 2014
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  • June 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    CSP says:
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    • June 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm
      Agent says:
      Hot debate. What do you think?
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      Not so much. Perhaps when you are married to your cell and trying to drive with it texting all the way, you should be put into a home for cell addiction.

  • June 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    Drivers age differently and that should be the criteria. If the health is good, eyesight reasonable, hearing fine, there is no reason why a driver should stop driving. That is why many companies require a medical statement after age 75 to check the physical condition. By the way, there are a lot of younger drivers who shouldn’t be driving either with their cell stuck to their ear or texting while driving. They are far more dangerous to the public.

    • June 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm
      txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
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      Absolutely correct Agent!

  • June 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm
    Crain says:
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    I watched my grandfather become increasingly isolated when he made the decision to stop driving. His eyesight limited him too severely. With his inability to travel (even short distances), his circle of friends shrunk (more than it had already) and he could not interact with others as he had done in the past. I have already had the conversation with my 84 year old mother.

    • June 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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      Crain, had the same conversation with my mother and my mother in law. Fortunately, they were in Assisted Living and a van carried them around for their doctors appointments and activities and we were also available to pick them up, take them out to dinner which was a real treat to them.

  • June 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    Trish says:
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    Most “children” do not live near their parent or parents today. Most cities have very inadequate public transportation. Therefore, if a senior citizen wants to go to activities, the grocery store, shopping, visit friends, etc. they must drive.
    I know in some cities it can take up to two hours just to get from point A to point B because the bus/transit system has to go to a hub and everyone has to change transport to reach their ultimate destination. Who on earth has two hours to go one way, change vehicles, in the heat or in the cold – and be a senior citizen who is now open to being mugged or pick pocketed on the public transportation. Then repeat the two hours for the return trip. Taxis are often unreliable, and their fees are high.
    I think more importantly is to have seniors over age 80 have to renew their license every 1 or 2 years where they must go in to the office, have their hearing and eyesight checked – and perhaps a simple drive around the block driving test. That would help the driver’s license bureau stay on top of the driving capabilities of a person.

    • June 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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      Trish, I agree with much you said, but have you gone to a Department of Public Safety office in recent years? They are the ultimate bureaucracy with very long lines and not much help. A poor senior citizen would be in line for hours and still may not get tested or approved for driving.

  • June 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm
    T Dubya says:
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    My hopeis that crash avoidance technology and/or self driving cars will makes this a moot issue. At least I hope it gets there before I am in danger of not being able to travel where I wish.



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