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- December 2, 2022

Time to take a driver refresher course?

Driving fitness, not age, could determine when to hand over the keys x

by Chris Kenrick

When's the right time for an older adult to stop driving?

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 5, 2022 at 10:44 am

Annette is a registered user.

Good idea to have a driving test. My siblings and I got lucky when our mother, who was deaf, dropped her keys on the kitchen counter one day and declared she was no longer driving. She was 95 at the time. We sold her car immediately just in case she changed her mind. Not being able to hear sirens and horns and other sounds is a good reason to not get behind the wheel, especially if in an age group for which delayed reaction time is normal.

Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 5, 2022 at 11:22 am

Hulkamania is a registered user.

A friend's father was at the point of being dangerous on the road. We went over late one night, jacked up the rear end of the car, and put blocks under it that held the tires about a half inch off of the ground.

The father would go out, fire up the car, try to go somewhere, get mad, call his son to come over and fix it. This went on for a week. He finally gave up and had the car towed away.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Dec 5, 2022 at 3:18 pm

MyFeelz is a registered user.

@Hulkamania my cousin had a similar situation. So one night, cousin arranged for someone to "steal" it when his dad's car was parked outside. Uncle had Alzheimer's, so was easy to "fool". Told him a police report had been made and insurance claim filed. What really happened was cousin gave it to a friend who takes clunkers and restores them for donation to worthy causes. Uncle never even thought about it, and the car was put to good use.

Of course if anybody tries to take my driving privileges away I will stab their eyes out with my keys.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 5, 2022 at 6:20 pm

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A friend from Los Altos Hills walked across Foothills to do some pre-Thanksgiving food shopping and in broad daylight was hit in the crosswalk by a 97-yr-old driver who missed that her body was splayed across his windshield and kept driving even after she slipped in front of his car. After 10 DAYS in the Stanford Trauma unit dealing with injuries that go on for 2 paragraphs, she's finally been sent home and will face months and months of more surgeries, rehab, help from friends and family...

In her case, the Los Altos police showed up in her hospital room with the driver's insurance information.

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