posted on Mar, 1 2013 @ 08:01 PM
First of all, glad to hear you survived your run in with the elderly - shame the cart didn't make it though
Out here in Michigan (at least in my area), I have three kinds of "old" drivers:
1. The "Sunday Driver": Be warned, you do not want to get stuck behind them. They see the beauty in every moment (including their driving),
to the point where they are oblivious to the surrounding environment. Upon passing them, you can still see the sparkle of their eyes as they look
everywhere but in front of them.
2. The "OMG, there's water on the road; I'm soo going to die!" Drivers: You don't ever want to get stuck behind these drivers, as they
usually slow down (in some cases, down to 10 MPH in a 50 MPH zone when the road is slightly wet). They apparently have all the time in the world to
get from point A to B (must be nice). You try to pass, and they will usually glare or show their brights after you do so. They also will not respond
to any tactics (including ones from their era - such as flashing the brights), to get them to budge.
3. The "[explicit] you whippersnapper" Drivers: This kind of driver encompasses those that meet the following requirements:
1. Elderly that think they can do everything a "kid" can do in the car (such as talk on the phone, smoke, drive with one hand).
2. Constantly blows through lights, speeds above the speed limit (normally, this isn't bad - but 30 mph above is a bit extreme), or swears & curses
(including shaking their fists at other drivers).
3. Tends to "forget" about the crosswalks or stop signs, especially around malls & shopping centers (it's almost like they think they are God).
4. Likes to "teach" us young folk a lesson by manipulating their speed (slowing down on purpose to get us to slow down, then speeding through a
My advice for them: Stay behind them, as having one on your butt will have you fearing for you life in mere seconds. I once had one follow me to my
destination, only to tell me that they thought it was unfair that I passed them 8 miles back.
I'm all for passing a bill requiring mandatory driving tests beyond a certain age - or building cars that can drive themselves (with the speed limit
being the minimum). Of course, when I get to be their age, I'll probably meet the profile for driver # 3 on my list
PS: There is a 4th category called "Normal Drivers" - not many elderly meet that category though.