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24 / M / Canada
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Posted 12/30/13
Elderly tend to take it slow on the highways but that's about it. It gets annoying but oh well. What they need to do is get rid of those motor scooters that they F***ing drive on the sidewalks, I get run down at least once every week when i'm walking around town. Or at least make them go for a test or something.
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I get cut off by just as many old drivers as I do new drivers.

With that being said, I believe that the best option would be to adopt better driver instructor courses that many other countries have. I didn't even have to do a parallel parking test when I took my exam back in 2006 (Yet I taught myself how to do the handbrake parallel parking method, hehe ).

If the US ever adopts universal health care, older people can be evaluated once a year on their mental and reaction states to determine if they are fit to drive. Switzerland does this type of medical evaluation for everyone over the age of 70.
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It's hard for some to realize what eyesight they have left unless they take tests to verify it since whatever blind spots you do have your mind fills in the blank with what the rest of the eye sees. Heck I spent 12 years driving when I should of never got behind the wheel in the first place, could be why I hit a kid on a bicycle, 4 or 5 pedestrians and about 20 vehicular accidents. The longest I had my license suspended was 6 months and that was for getting caught with a bag of grass riding in a friend's car. Unfortunately anything done to prevent people like me from acquiring a drivers license requires testing and people already complain enough about just bringing proper identification to get a license. For cognitive tests and rigorous eye sight tests would create a howling public complaining about their rights and not comprehending that driving is a privilege. I did get sued a few times, but I got lucky and insurance covered it and the most serious injury was soft tissue bruising all that before the age of 30.
Posted 12/31/13 , edited 12/31/13
That's why we need umm robots, the elderly deserve the best


blindavid wrote:
Heck I spent 12 years driving when I should of never got behind the wheel in the first place, could be why I hit a kid on a bicycle, 4 or 5 pedestrians and about 20 vehicular accidents..


That's not so bad for 12 years.
Posted 12/31/13

STORYING wrote:

Yes, especially those on medication, it can really "F-up" your reasoning and reaction.


Just reminded me of when some old lady backed up into our car in a parking lot. She was driving this giant SUV while she was super tiny and could barely see over the steering wheel. She gets out, when she hears the crunch of the car door, wearing some night gown looking all disheveled and says she is sorry but she is pretty out of it from the Benadryl she took. -_-........and this was in a parking lot for where we all worked so she was about to be heading out and delivering newspapers all night too. I just had to shake my head and wonder where common sense went.
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Around where I live the worst drivers are young, white males probably between 18 years to 25 years of age just based on my personal experience. But we are all biased and/or have only experienced a very small sample size to make accurate generalizations. I looked up insurance.com and to paraphrase it the numbers say people aged 15-20 have 4 times higher chance to crash than elderly people aged 65+. And in the 15-20 group, males are twice as likely as females to die in a crash. On the other hand, less than 1% of 65+ older people die from car crash while car crash is the number one cause of death for age group 15-20. I agree with the person who said everyone who drives recklessly should be tested and have their licence taken away if they continue to drive recklessly, but the numbers say young people are the worst drivers by far.

http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/safety/teens-or-seniors-who-are-our-worst-drivers.aspx

Edit: If anything, based on actual numbers, it makes more sense to increase the legal driving age to over 20 instead of cracking down on elderly people if our goal is to eliminate bad, reckless drivers.
Posted 12/31/13 , edited 12/31/13

bensonc120 wrote:

Around where I live the worst drivers are young, white males probably between 18 years to 25 years of age just based on my personal experience. But we are all biased and/or have only experienced a very small sample size to make accurate generalizations. I looked up insurance.com and to paraphrase it the numbers say people aged 15-20 have 4 times higher chance to crash than elderly people aged 65+. And in the 15-20 group, males are twice as likely as females to die in a crash. On the other hand, less than 1% of 65+ older people die from car crash while car crash is the number one cause of death for age group 15-20. I agree with the person who said everyone who drives recklessly should be tested and have their licence taken away if they continue to drive recklessly, but the numbers say young people are the worst drivers by far.

http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/safety/teens-or-seniors-who-are-our-worst-drivers.aspx

Edit: If anything, based on actual numbers, it makes more sense to increase the legal driving age to over 20 instead of cracking down on elderly people if our goal is to eliminate bad, reckless drivers.


The thread only made mention of elderly drivers and so I didn't bother bringing it up but yes, younger drivers can be terrible as well. The difference in my opinion though is that the younger drivers are bad due to lack of experience and maturity issues. Elderly people though could have developed health issues that limit their driving ability along with naturally declining things like reflexes. A yearly test could help identify those issues while there is no real fix for maturity and lack of experience other than time spent on the road learning and time needed to mature which raising the legal age might fix but it also might not.
Posted 12/31/13
ugh...old people. not only do they smell but the majority of them are bad drivers, in a slow reactionary, i have no idea where i'm going sense. I'd probably go with 60+, i think you can still function in your 50's
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23 / M / Kaguya's Panties
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Posted 12/31/13
Only ages 20-60 should be allowed to drive, and even then they must all take a test.
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The age group with the most accidents is 16 to 24.So you're advocating no licenses until you're 25?
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Posted 12/31/13
I just think old people should have to go through license tests every few months to ensure their mental stability.

I got t-boned by an old lady. she was 83. Like seriously. My car was totaled, but i ended up getting a newer model with the insurance money so it wasnt that bad an ordeal over all i suppose.
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Posted 12/31/13
they can kick your ass ANYDAY
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I think people that make over generalizations should go through testing every few months to ensure mental stability.
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Posted 12/31/13

Frostbrand wrote:

South of me is the crossroads of a retirement community and a haven for illegal aliens, you want to see a shit storm of people who shouldn't drive, go there.
If those weren't bad enough, go back north snow birds, you're worse drivers than anything Florida or Arizona has to offer.


Oh, really? You think "snow birds" are the worst? Try living in Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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saksiss wrote:

Only ages 20-60 should be allowed to drive, and even then they must all take a test.


Enjoy your last 40 years of driving, then.
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