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2014-02-02 10:53:18 AM  
A parking lot and two lanes of traffic? Pfft, that's nothing:

www.ejumpcut.org
 
2014-02-02 12:35:37 PM  
"Police said it's too early to say whether he will face charges for the accident. "

Ah, yes.  When you are old, you can do whatever you want.  Take the god damn keys away from these people!  I think anyone close to these people, who refuse to take away their keys, should be held liable.
 
2014-02-02 12:37:57 PM  
Is this the Country Kitchen Buffet?
 
2014-02-02 12:40:16 PM  
Old farts should have to take a driving test at 60, then 65, 70, 72, 74, and so forth. It'll never happen as long as old farts dominate the polls.

/get up and vote, youngins... oh, and learn how to get a bill on a ballot.
 
2014-02-02 12:40:19 PM  
I once drove a car about 3 miles in reverse after blowing up my transmission and losing all my forward gears.
 
2014-02-02 12:42:16 PM  

mimg.ugo.com

The driver, just moments before impact

 
2014-02-02 12:45:22 PM  
Presumably that's a normal distance for a car to travel in reverse on a weekday.
 
2014-02-02 12:48:33 PM  
"Mable, I just backed into a building, but, I don't anybody noticed."

I'm 63 and currently taking a 8 hour on-line defensive driving course, through AARP, to get a discount on our auto insurance.  OMFG, I'm about 6 hours in and I think I'm going to lose my mind.  There was about 1 1/2 hours of "driving strategies", like:  "have some farking idea where you're going", "if you're going to drive 10 mph below the speed limit, stay out of the left lane and people won't give you the finger", "if the doctor tells you your vision is going, it might be a good idea to stop driving", etc.  This better pay off in the end.
 
2014-02-02 12:49:27 PM  
These are going to be the stories told to grand-children. "Back in my day our elders lost control of their cars regularly, sometimes killing people! You have no idea how lucky you are, what with your self-driving vehicles."
 
2014-02-02 12:52:51 PM  

schpanky: Is this the Country Kitchen Buffet?


Yeah its like a block from the farmer's market
 
2014-02-02 12:57:23 PM  

ajgeek: These are going to be the stories told to grand-children. "Back in my day our elders lost control of their cars regularly, sometimes killing people! You have no idea how lucky you are, what with your self-driving vehicles."


They'll have cars with computers, that are getting "computer dementia", and still be driving on the sidewalk, with neither the "golden ager" or the computer realizing it.
 
2014-02-02 12:57:31 PM  

oukewldave: "Police said it's too early to say whether he will face charges for the accident. "

Ah, yes.  When you are old, you can do whatever you want.  Take the god damn keys away from these people!  I think anyone close to these people, who refuse to take away their keys, should be held liable.


They have to decide if he's politically connected first.  Consider the state.
 
2014-02-02 01:00:01 PM  

zimbomba63: "Mable, I just backed into a building, but, I don't anybody noticed."

I'm 63 and currently taking a 8 hour on-line defensive driving course, through AARP, to get a discount on our auto insurance.  OMFG, I'm about 6 hours in and I think I'm going to lose my mind.  There was about 1 1/2 hours of "driving strategies", like:  "have some farking idea where you're going", "if you're going to drive 10 mph below the speed limit, stay out of the left lane and people won't give you the finger", "if the doctor tells you your vision is going, it might be a good idea to stop driving", etc.  This better pay off in the end.


That's less defensive, more "don't be offensive" driving. I won't get a CHL just to make sure the worst I do is lay on the horn.

People can't drive and talk on the phone, they eventually slow down to 45mph in the center lane of an interstate freeway. The drug mules have been ordered to stay in the right lane, so they scoot over when you can see it goes away in a hundred yards. And it's obvious when the driver is illiterate.
 
2014-02-02 01:02:43 PM  

forgotmydamnusername: I once drove a car about 3 miles in reverse after blowing up my transmission and losing all my forward gears.



Exactly.    We had to do the same thing to get my moms car home one time.    we were about 10 miles from home.     Her motor mount broke and left reverse the only working gear.

These old people are rank amateurs.
 
GBB
2014-02-02 01:04:33 PM  

zimbomba63: "Mable, I just backed into a building, but, I don't anybody noticed."

I'm 63 and currently taking a 8 hour on-line defensive driving course, through AARP, to get a discount on our auto insurance.  OMFG, I'm about 6 hours in and I think I'm going to lose my mind.  There was about 1 1/2 hours of "driving strategies", like:  "have some farking idea where you're going", "if you're going to drive 10 mph below the speed limit, stay out of the left lane and people won't give you the finger", "if the doctor tells you your vision is going, it might be a good idea to stop driving", etc.  This better pay off in the end.


I think they are trying to give you a hint.   An 8-hour hint.
 
2014-02-02 01:05:24 PM  
This happened to me when I was younger. An old fart picking his wife up at the hair salon across the street from my apartment put the car in drive and hit the go button. Over a parking block, across a sidewalk, over a curb, 4 lane road, up over curb on other side, across 40 feet of lawn and 8 feet into the bedroom of a lady at the other end of my building. I thought it was an earthquake. Lady in the apartment was lucky to have been in another room.

/ no, it wasn't an Audi or Toyota
// Pretty sure it was a Grand Marquis de Sade like the turnip head in the TFA
 
2014-02-02 01:05:43 PM  
About 20 years ago, here in Illinois, there was a proposal for a program, where you basically would turn in your elderly relatives, who shouldn't be driving.  A pol, running for office, decried this plan, saying it was just like the Nazi era, and the equivalent to turning them in to the Gestapo.  Guess who won the election, with the help of the senior vote.
 
2014-02-02 01:06:51 PM  

forgotmydamnusername: I once drove a car about 3 miles in reverse after blowing up my transmission and losing all my forward gears.


Ditto, though it was midnight in the ghettos of Atlanta.
 
2014-02-02 01:07:05 PM  
I just say beeeeeep....beeeeeep....beeeeeep whilst punching the gas in reverse.  For, like, safety and stuff.
 
2014-02-02 01:08:20 PM  

Joelogon: A parking lot and two lanes of traffic? Pfft, that's nothing:


Hey Victor, I remember one time me and your dad went to Denny's
 
2014-02-02 01:09:27 PM  

forgotmydamnusername: I once drove a car about 3 miles in reverse after blowing a tranny


Was he/she chasing you?
 
2014-02-02 01:10:49 PM  

wildcardjack: zimbomba63: "Mable, I just backed into a building, but, I don't anybody noticed."

I'm 63 and currently taking a 8 hour on-line defensive driving course, through AARP, to get a discount on our auto insurance.  OMFG, I'm about 6 hours in and I think I'm going to lose my mind.  There was about 1 1/2 hours of "driving strategies", like:  "have some farking idea where you're going", "if you're going to drive 10 mph below the speed limit, stay out of the left lane and people won't give you the finger", "if the doctor tells you your vision is going, it might be a good idea to stop driving", etc.  This better pay off in the end.

That's less defensive, more "don't be offensive" driving. I won't get a CHL just to make sure the worst I do is lay on the horn.

People can't drive and talk on the phone, they eventually slow down to 45mph in the center lane of an interstate freeway. The drug mules have been ordered to stay in the right lane, so they scoot over when you can see it goes away in a hundred yards. And it's obvious when the driver is illiterate.


Around here, the center lane is the slow lane. Farking lazy jackholes force people to pass on the right, otherwise the 3 lane highway you paid for becomes a 2 laner. Piss on them and their ancestors.

/ No, I don't care if you're already driving the speed limit
 
2014-02-02 01:14:39 PM  

sunderland56: forgotmydamnusername: I once drove a car about 3 miles in reverse after blowing a tranny

Was he/she chasing you?


This is by far the funniest thing I've seen all week.
 
2014-02-02 01:17:39 PM  

Anastacya: Old farts should have to take a driving test at 60, then 65, 70, 72, 74, and so forth.


i'm 72 and looking forward to renewing my drivers license this year. breeze in, take the eyesight test, pay a couple of bucks and breeze out with my new 4 year license. easy peasy. what's even better is that last time i passed the eyesight test w/o glasses for the first time in 40 years.

damn shame ford stopped making grand marques, look how well it stood up to that guard rail and building.
 
2014-02-02 01:20:02 PM  

GBB: I think they are trying to give you a hint. An 8-hour hint.


I'm a volunteer driver for the local senior center.  I drove one guy, about 65 or so, to the DMV to get back his license.  I wasn't being nosy and just chatted with the guy about random things on the way there.  Then waited about an hour while he had a hearing.

Turns out he lost his hearing and was FURIOUS that those scumbags wouldn't give him his license back.  Then the story came out.  He'd been arrested for speeding over 100 mph several times, because... he used to have a Harley, wrecked it, barely lived, and now only had this crappy Buick and he really liked to go fast, and no one should be able to tell him what to do!

Apparently the state wanted him to take a defensive driving course, and this is what set him off.  I truly hope this guy never gets his license back.  I suspect the average person could get the information down in 20 minutes, but the courses are more designed for the ones who'll never quite understand that they're the problem.
 
2014-02-02 01:34:36 PM  

sunderland56: forgotmydamnusername: I once drove a car about 3 miles in reverse after blowing a tranny

Was he/she chasing you?


persephonemagazine.com
 
2014-02-02 01:39:49 PM  
YOLO!
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2014-02-02 01:41:58 PM  

GBB: zimbomba63: "Mable, I just backed into a building, but, I don't anybody noticed."

I'm 63 and currently taking a 8 hour on-line defensive driving course, through AARP, to get a discount on our auto insurance.  OMFG, I'm about 6 hours in and I think I'm going to lose my mind.  There was about 1 1/2 hours of "driving strategies", like:  "have some farking idea where you're going", "if you're going to drive 10 mph below the speed limit, stay out of the left lane and people won't give you the finger", "if the doctor tells you your vision is going, it might be a good idea to stop driving", etc.  This better pay off in the end.

I think they are trying to give you a hint.   An 8-hour hint.


Luckily, you only have to take once, to get the discount.  If I had to do this every year, I just might give up driving, it is that farking tedious.  I didn't mention the part about physical conditioning.  It was the usual stuff: a young fat young woman instructing an older, but, in much better shape woman, on exercises for posture.  Then, a older dumpy woman, instructing a woman, who, though she had gray hair, had a young beautiful face and the body and grace of a 30-something dancer, how to do the goofy exercises aimed at someone who was 85.  Please make it stop!
 
2014-02-02 01:53:48 PM  

Curious: Anastacya: Old farts should have to take a driving test at 60, then 65, 70, 72, 74, and so forth.

i'm 72 and looking forward to renewing my drivers license this year. breeze in, take the eyesight test, pay a couple of bucks and breeze out with my new 4 year license. easy peasy. what's even better is that last time i passed the eyesight test w/o glasses for the first time in 40 years.

damn shame ford stopped making grand marques, look how well it stood up to that guard rail and building.


I am glad that you are able to see clearly. My point is more that there is a lot more involved in driving, namely response time, being able to interpret traffic patterns, hearing emergency vehicles/horns/the sound of crunched metal, being able to park (especially with a Grand Marquis), and the like . Sure, being able to see clearly makes up a large part of the whole "being able to drive safely" equation, but The entire concept of testing someone at a younger age and assuming that they will do not lose any acuity over time is flawed. In theory having everyone re-take the driving test at key milestones during their life could reduce a lot of problems.

/we all know how rare it is to give up the keys, but should someone who barely passes the vision test, cannot react quickly, and is practically deaf (as an example), someone we want on the road, or should we step up as a society to make the roads safer?
 
2014-02-02 02:00:12 PM  
Now had it been a Sunday...
 
2014-02-02 02:42:45 PM  
I'm getting a kick out of this.  Recently, my 65 yro dad was driving in the left lane on the expressway with a cop near him when the lady in front of him just suddenly came to a stop.  He managed to squeeze his large truck between her car and the cement divider without a scratch.  Just as my dad got past her, she sped up and shot back around him with the cops in pursuit.  A little later, one of the cops ran my dad down to ask him to testify against her.  Her little stunt got her a big heap of trouble.

/I know I can out drive him
//but he impressed me, that is usually one of my moves
///Gives me hope for when I get older
 
2014-02-02 03:19:48 PM  

Anastacya: The entire concept of testing someone at a younger age and assuming that they will do not lose any acuity over time is flawed.


i took my ONLY behind the wheel with examiner test when i was 16. moved to TX, surrender old license, take written test and the eye chart test and i'm good to go. moved here same thing but with the eye machine. (btw that's when i failed) as a matter of fact when i got my motorcycle endorsement in the 80s i never took a driving test. was supposed to but for unknown reasons the lady just did the written test and issued the endorsement.

all that said i understand your concerns but i haven't caused an accident since the mid 90s when a driver with her turn signal on failed to turn and i got hit. so when is my cut off year? arbitrary cut offs annoy me. everyone at my current age aren't good but is it 10% of bad drivers cause the rest of us to get tested. 50%. does living in FL make the cut off 65? how about when you go on medicare they administer a battery of tests (no co pay) and you have to present the results when renewing.
 
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