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Old 10-27-2008, 01:47 PM   #1  
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So, earlier this morning i'm heading to my car to get my cell phone, meanwhile some old woman is trying to pull out of a parking spot. She's about a foot away (still backing up) from my car when I say ''STOP!, STOP!, STOP!''. And you know what the dumb old bitch does? She BACKS UP even further and bumps the front of my car. Fortunately, it was only my license plate, so nothing was damaged or scratched. Now, she wasn't ancient, but she definitley wasn't any younger than 70. I'm sorry, but when you can't properly back out of a parking spot, it's time to put a sock in it. I'm surprised the DMV hasn't been more strict with old people driving.
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:10 PM   #2  
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You really get this worked up over someone bumping your license plate ?

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Old 10-27-2008, 03:25 PM   #3  
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You really get this worked up over someone bumping your license plate ?

I was kind of thinking the same thing.

My old lady story: Headed down the road today following a slower vehicle. The old lady in this case was behind me. And one intersection, the roads opens from 2 lanes to 3. Anticipating the change, I started to gain some speed to move over into the far right lane so I could turn right and the next light. But slow moving truck in front suddenly slows down and turns at this light causing me to hit the brakes, same for the lady behind me. So I accelerate after the truck and begin to move over after the light only to find old lady has hammered her throttle and moved up to nearly my bumper and is sliding right with me. So being the defensive driver I am I figure let her go. I slowed and moved back left to let her pass. And SHE flips me off! What? I had no idea I was on her road today. I apologize for borrowing her stretch of roadway...

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Old 10-27-2008, 04:10 PM   #4  
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Your tag is, at most, four feet away from your brain. Add speed, mix
with confusion and an array of medications and you could be taken out
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Beware of old folks driving buicks with h'capped plates. It's not a mode
of transportation it's 4000 lbs of steel and glass, also known as a speeding bullet.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:41 PM   #5  
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JP..says you're 18, where do you live? I'm 60 and drive a mustang GT in Florida...God!...really old people here can't drive...10-15 UNDER posted speed in LEFT lane....never use turn signals...won't take 1st opportunity to pull out into street....Fla state bird is the mockingbird....state car seems to be Murcury Grand Prix....NEVER get behind one....cruise-on!
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:41 PM   #6  
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You really get this worked up over someone bumping your license plate ?

That's not quite the point. The point was that she couldn't routinely pull out of a parking spot and when I yelled ''STOP'' several times, she just backed up anyway. You don't back up even further when you hear the word ''stop''. And there was A TON of space between her car and my car. At least 10-13 feet.

And Coach, I live in NJ. I can't imagine what it's like in Florida LOL.
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People do stupid things but if you google auto accidents you will see that more accidents, including ones causing death, are committed by drivers 16 to 24. So i guess all those young people should GTFOTR. Just so you know..........
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People do stupid things but if you google auto accidents you will see that more accidents, including ones causing death, are committed by drivers 16 to 24. So i guess all those young people should GTFOTR. Just so you know..........


Well Captain Obvious, there's a lot more 16-24 y/o drivers out there rather than 70+ y/o drivers, so there's of course going to be more accidents caused by drivers in the 16-24 y/o age range.
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I see a lot more 16-24 y/o idiot drivers on the road talking on cellphones, texting, crossing 3 lanes of traffic on the highway to get to an exit ramp, driving on the shoulder to get to the exit ramp,etc...

I also wish the 16-24 year olds would GTFOTR !!
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:37 PM   #10  
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I think that when someone gets into or past their 70s they tend to lose track of where they are. For example, they may stop in the middle of the aisle in the grocery store to go over their shopping list, oblivious to the fact that they are blocking traffic both ways. Generally if you say "excuse me, can I get by" they are appologetic.

I was driving on an icy road years ago and saw an old man stopped at a busy intersection (traffic light), scrapping the ice off his windows. Why he would chose to stop at an intersection to do this is still a puzzle - there was a grocery store parking lot just down the street that would have worked fine. I am sure the light was red when he stopped initially.

My mom is in her 70's and actually is a good driver. Where she has problems is around the house, where she can spend an hour looking for her keys / glasses/ whatever that she set down somewhere and now doesn't remember where.

I just try to not let any of this bother me and to treat older people with respect.
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I drive 130-150+ miles per day right now, and old people are seriously starting to irritate me as I do at least 2/3 of that distance on 2 lane roads. What makes me incredibly angry is when the speed limit is 55mph, and they go 30 or so mph and eventually cause a traffic backup that can be measured in miles. US27 is an incredibly busy 2 lane road. Passing zones are unfortunately far and few in between. What is worse is that they don't having the f-ing coutesy to accelerate upto speed when they turn off a side road right in front of you and forces you to slam on the breaks nearly causing the chick behind me to nearly rear-end me.

I absolutely love the nasty look they give me when I approach a passing zone, and floor it past them. I think the LOUD noise startles them.
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When I got out of the Air Force and returned to Arkansas, I stayed with my grandparents, who were in their 80's. It was a big help financially for me and a big help to them, since they had no business driving and knew it. When I got home from work, I drove granddad to the grocery store, etc.

Once my mom was flying in from Tallahassee and granddad insisted on driving to the airport. He drove 25 MPH on the highway and was continually easing in and out of the left lane. Bumped a curb once and stopped once in the middle of a busy intersection to get his bearings.

Everyone was extremely patient except for myself. I ripped him pretty good and did the driving back home when we picked up mom. He never drove again, and after he and grandmother were moved to Tallahassee, he voluntarily gave up his license.

Teens tend to drive too fast - they are probably overconfident and feel that they are immortal. I think old people are the opposite. They realize that their reflexes and abilities are diminished and try to compensate by slowing down. And old people are very aware of their mortality.

I think that once a person is 65, they should be required to pass an annual driving test, which would include testing the reflexes and testing general awareness of what is going on. This might take care of a lot of what is frustrating all of us writing in this forum.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:13 AM   #13  
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While there are some obvious differences of 'age' making it's mark on the roads, such as driving too slow/fast, inexperience, driving aimlessly, being discourteous, not signaling, etc. etc....it is a fact, some never have driven 'well' from the first day they started driving right into old age. And we have to share the roads with them most of our lives.
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All different aged people drive like idiots.

I often see 30-40 old people to busy talking on their cellphones to use a blinker, look before they change lanes, and going way to slow on the highway.

This morning I had some dipshit behind me on a 4 lane divided city street shaving his face with an electric razor while he was driving.
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All different aged people drive like idiots.

I often see 30-40 old people to busy talking on their cellphones to use a blinker, look before they change lanes, and going way to slow on the highway.

This morning I had some dipshit behind me on a 4 lane divided city street shaving his face with an electric razor while he was driving.
I saw the same thing but for an added bonus he was eating a breakfast sandwich as well.
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