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Posted 12/31/13 , edited 12/31/13
I propose a new driver's test altogether: Prospective drivers are tested on every national, state, and local driving law -- all of them. Not multiple choice or true/false either. All questions are "free answer" and the wording of the laws must be precisely correct to count as correct -- none of this bullshit "well it looks like you understand." Fuck That.

With that said, I will allow some leniency. 95% will get you a license, 90-94% will get you a permit to try again in another decade, and less than 90% gets you banned for life -- take the bus. Finally, I propose license renewal every year. Too hard? Learn how to drive. Don't know how to drive? Ride a bike. Or better yet, walk.

Edit: Also, I should add that those that receive 100% are also banned for life, because anybody that's that thorough is bound to get a bit cocky and act like an ass.

Edit 2: Actually, let's just go with 95%. 96-99% gets a permit to try again. Exactly 95% gets the license.
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The only problem I've ever had with elderly drivers is slow driving. It's like they're afraid to drive over the speed limit of 20.
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Posted 12/31/13

nerdeiznek wrote:

The only problem I've ever had with elderly drivers is slow driving. It's like they're afraid to drive over the speed limit of 20.


It really depends on the person. For example, my dad's close to 80 and I've noticed his reaction times have slowed down. He knows his limits and won't push them. Its one reason why he doesn't like to drive long distance.

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lol. theyŕe trying to make u hit them or do somthing erratic. Damn ol peeps and theír sly ways, better make sure ur license and car registration are up to date!
Posted 12/31/13
Elderly drivers whiteness more crashes because they ones that cores most them for driving to slow or driving cars the size of tanks
its when they have a sports car and drive it at 20 mph on road that goes 50 mph go round corner

they should have slow speed fines for driving to slow below the maxim
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Posted 12/31/13
pain in the ass
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Posted 12/31/13

aeb0717 wrote:


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.


40? I sure as hell don't plan on living that long, but thanks anyway!
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Posted 12/31/13

saksiss wrote:


aeb0717 wrote:


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.


40? I sure as hell don't plan on living that long, but thanks anyway!


What...!? So we have a similar plan. Hmmm...
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Posted 12/31/13


I guess so!


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Posted 12/31/13 , edited 12/31/13

Kraisis wrote:

I am getting tired of being run off the road by old people. I have avoided two accidents (caused by elderly drivers), waited at traffic lights for decades, and gotten stuck behind the slowest of old people.

So, what age do you think their drivers license should be be confiscated, or do think at a certain age they should retake the drivers test, or take no action whatsoever?

Spew your opinions here!


Less than one percent of people over 65 die as a result of motor vehicle accidents. On the other hand, car crashes are the major cause of death for the age group 15–20. Males in this group are twice as likely as females to die in a car crash.

The young and the lead-footed are truly scary. Their risk of crash per mile is 4 times higher than in older age groups.

As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety puts it, “teenage drivers represent a major hazard.” Although young drivers make up about 6 percent of the total licensed driving population, almost 13 percent (6982) of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2007 were young drivers 15 to 20 years old, according to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. The chart below shows drivers' involvement rate in fatal accidents by age and gender per 100,000 licensed drivers.



http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/safety/teens-or-seniors-who-are-our-worst-drivers.aspx
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Posted 12/31/13
My grandmother is 85. She's a great driver. I'd have her drive me anywhere without any concerns.
My brother is 19. He's a terrible driver - reckless, irresponsible, and thinks everyone else is to blame for his close calls. I won't get in a car with him driving.

So which one of them deserves to have their license pulled?

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Posted 12/31/13
The difference in likelihood of teens and seniors being involved in traffic accidents is less ambiguous than that of men and women. As you might expect, teens pose a significantly higher risk of road-related injury and death. This may be due to a penchant for racing, tendency toward distraction, or less-refined decision-making skills than older drivers.

In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report showing that teenage motorists represent a disproportionately higher percentage of traffic fatalities than all other age groups. For example, while drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 comprised only 8.5% of the driving population in 2007, they represented 12.7% of accident-related fatalities. Moreover, they represented 15.4% of all single-vehicle crashes.

For their part, senior drivers cope with limitations behind the wheel that are largely exclusive to their age group. These limitations include decreased response time, partial vision impairment, and a reduction in hearing ability. However, seniors tend to be aware of these constraints; they compensate by driving more slowly. They also tend to drive fewer miles per capita. While there is a marked increase in accident-related fatality rates among seniors as they age (e.g. from 65-69 to 70+), the percentage increase is lower than that for crashes. As such, the increase in fatalities is likely due to their fragility.

It is nearly impossible to identify which group (i.e. men, women, teens, and seniors) represents the best and worst drivers in the context of driving skill. Auto insurance premiums seem to favor female drivers between the ages of 50 and 65 due to that age group's lower proclivity toward risk-taking.

http://www.kanetix.com/best-worst-drivers_men-women-teens-or-seniors
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Posted 12/31/13
I don't advocate banning people from driving based on age alone. I know a guy who recently turned 90 who is more physically fit than I am. I once knew a couple (they've passed away now) who used to work in the Peace Corps in their retirement, and they travelled the world, and did lots of great stuff. But there were some countries they went to where they were not allowed to drive, because local law banned people their age from driving. So they'd always have to hire someone to drive them around. Which was a bit of a pain for them. And what if your grandparents aren't allowed to drive, just because they're "too old"? Do you want to be the one to have to take your grandma grocery shopping every week? (Wait, maybe that would be a good thing...)

Sorry for you guys who have had bad experiences with older drivers. If you are on the road, something bad will happen to you, sooner or later, from someone or other. Hopefully all accidents, minor or otherwise, are reported properly, so if a certain driver is having problems, it will be dealt with so they don't cause more accidents in the future.
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Posted 12/31/13
We should get our licenses pulled at the ripe 'ol age of 379 and two months, four days.
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Posted 12/31/13
Driving tests have to be standardize, meaning any given instructor on any given day on any given set route will give the same test. While time of day can effect the difficulty of the test, the test itself has set rules it has to abide by, rules that anyone that age can remember and follow. A drive test isn't as hard as you may remember so retesting would not have the impact most of you seem to think it would have for removing licenses from the elderly... moreover you all seem to live in a beautiful world where only licensed drivers are on the road. It's amazing how many people think an ID card or even a Permit means you're allowed to drive by yourself... and don't get me started on the number of suspended/cancelled/revoked drivers there are out there driving right now.
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