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Old 01-08-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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So, I am stopped at a red light waiting to get onto Rte. 22 in Scarsdale, NY near Trader Joe’s when it happened. A southbound new looking A7 (how old can an A7 look?) that was turning right to get into Trader Joe’s crunches his right front tire into the curb, leaving big gashes and scratches on the wheel and tire. The impact shook the whole car.
No reaction whatever from the 80+ year old driver who then proceeded to drive straight at me, squinitng as he went, even though I was well within the bounds of my lane markings, stopped motionless. I tooted the horn, so he jerked to the right, allowing his right rear wheel to hit the same curb. Still, no reaction, just a stony gaze and on he goes into the Trader Joe’s lot. He parked and walked toward the store without so much as shooting a glance at the battered right side of his car.
It reminded me of an idea I had when I was in my 20’s (I will be 72 next month): let kids fresh out of college sign a contract that they get the maximum pay for the job they land for 10 years without having to work, they then agree to work until they die. In our system people who are young enough to enjoy a lot of life’s fruits don’t have the money or time to do so. By time they do have some bucks and the time (like the driver I am talking about here) they may not have the mind or body to really enjoy the goodies they can then afford.
Anyway, I felt bad for the A7 and wondered what a driver like that perceives as he is driving a fine $70,000 + car like the A7. Anything, or is it all just like sitting in the recliner at home?

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Maybe, a thing to consider is ur in one of most wealthy zip in NY so those people may just not care
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Maybe, a thing to consider is ur in one of most wealthy zip in NY so those people may just not care
The location was in Scarsdale, I do not live there, I was just shopping from Yonkers. Don't know about him. The few really well off people I know take great pains to care for their possessions. I think few get wealthy by not caring - that sounds like a fantasy-based stereotype IMO.
A buddy who's worth north of 100 million cringes if he scuffs a pair of shoes and drives a 7 year old Porsche he takes care of.
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No reaction whatever from the 80+ year old driver...

He parked and walked toward the store without so much as shooting a glance at the battered right side of his car.
Old age will do that to you.

Reminds me of an accident my 90 year old father-in-law had a few years ago. While parking at a Wegmans he accidentally got his winter boot jammed between the accelerator and brake pedals. The car spun out of control in the icy parking lot and hit 3 cars and a grocery cart before coming to rest.

People rush up to him to make sure he is OK. The first thing he says is - are the bananas still on sale.

True story. Amazingly nobody was hurt - but we took his keys away from him to avoid any future problems.
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People rush up to him to make sure he is OK. The first thing he says is - are the bananas still on sale.
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I bet he was driving his son-in-law's car!
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I bet he was driving his son-in-law's car!
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Thats why we don't let my father drive any more. He's only 66, but he's completely oblivious to his surroundings and whats going on around him. Sucks for me to have to drive him around, but it keeps the public safer.
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Old age, cluelessness, and ego/stubbornness... recipe for disaster. Man's gotta know his limits!
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Most old people drives pretty good in my area but the only problem is that they ram into 7-eleven or dunkin donut.
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Most old people drives pretty good in my area but the only problem is that they ram into 7-eleven or dunkin donut.
What's the problem? Those are drive-in places, right? lol
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This happened a few days ago. The 83 year old driver said he hit the wrong pedal as he was pulling into the gas station. He also said they revoked his license but he wasn't sure if it was temporary or permanent.
Sad as it may be, we will all get to a point where we will have to give up on the joy of driving and the freedom it brings.
(The gas station attendant he hit was bruised but otherwise ok).

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Sad as it may be, we will all get to a point where we will have to give up on the joy of driving and the freedom it brings.
All the more reason to enjoy it while we still can...
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This happened a few days ago. The 83 year old driver said he hit the wrong pedal as he was pulling into the gas station. He also said they revoked his license but he wasn't sure if it was temporary or permanent.
Sad as it may be, we will all get to a point where we will have to give up on the joy of driving and the freedom it brings.
(The gas station attendant he hit was bruised but otherwise ok).


Glad no one was more seriously hurt. I have always believed that there should be some form of ongoing driving competency testing for all of us. I doubt it could be based on age for discriminatory reasons, but there are people on the roads who lack the physical capacity for safe driving.

I remember when my grandmother got into her 90s and was still driving, she crashed into a brick wall trying to park. She didn't even notice she had hit anything, and only discovered the damage on the way out. Turns out the car was totaled.
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Glad no one was more seriously hurt. I have always believed that there should be some form of ongoing driving competency testing for all of us. I doubt it could be based on age for discriminatory reasons, but there are people on the roads who lack the physical capacity for safe driving.
In the U.S., Illinois is the only state that currently requires a driving test (at age 75+). Other states have requirements all over the map such as more frequent renewals, a doctor's certificate or vision tests. Here in MA, proof of an eye exam must be presented in person when renewing at age 75+. I agree that age alone shouldn't be the only criteria - health should be a determining factor. For example, in D.C., a doctor must certify driving competency for each renewal (at 70 or older). Unfortunately, it appears there is no simple solution to balancing individual rights with public safety.
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Speaking about ramming car into dunkin donut.....

I saw this today..

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1570672
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Speaking about ramming car into dunkin donut.....

I saw this today..

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1570672
I think she was pissed at Chris Christie for the Washington Bridge traffic last September.
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