News report this morning about whether Oldies should take a test again..
Interviewed a 91 year old still driving ... Guess what ..A Rover ..
( a 45 actually) but still !! ?
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Mick wrote:I hope if ever I deteriorate to that extent
Mick wrote:Things like eyesight and hearing should be tested as a minimum. Deterioration creeps in so slowly many elderly drivers either don't realise it is happening or refuse to acknowledge they are.
At age 86, my father stopped driving in low light conditions. Shortly after noticing he was no longer confident in such conditions I took him for an eye test............ 3 months later, after having cataracts removed and some new specs installed he gained a new lease of life and continued driving until age 94. I only recall him ever having one accident and that was scraping a low level bollard in a car park, before the operations, which any of us might have succumbed to even with 20/ 20 vision.
I hope if ever I deteriorate to that extent (probably kick the bucket well before) I will hang up the driving gloves and make some use of my bus pass.
We are all very different and to be honest I think an outside agency should be invoked to medically test elderly drivers on a regular basis. IMHO not age but infirmity should be the criteria, some people will have difficulty much earlier than others. Some will never have a problem should they live long enough.