Seventy is NOT Old!

Seventy is NOT Old!

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I do wonder about how young people’s minds work.

I read an article recently by a young person who was of the opinion that people over the age of 70 should re-sit their driver’s license every year. It’s like, what? You have got to be kidding me.

Okay, I do agree that there are some old farts out there that drive at nought miles an hour or nought kilometres, depending on which country you’re from. And yes, they piss me off just as much as they do you. But the majority of older folks drive normally, and they are fine.

Did you know that people between the ages of 15 and 17 are more likely to have an accident than drivers from any other age group, according to statistics? Plus, they are more likely to cause injuries and death, including to themselves. In Aotearoa, N.Z., drivers between 15 and 24 years old are at the highest risk. (Government Stats).

There are more younger people driving erratically, way above the speed limit, and taking stupid risks than older drivers. This made me think I would happily set myself up against any young driver any day of the week, and I bet that I would be as good, if not better, than them as a driver.

So, yes. I was rather astonished when I read that. After all, 70 is not that old.

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  1. Not old to drive at 70? Nor at eighty. I’m over eighty, have been driving since fifteen, have travelled thousands of miles including throughout Europe and the Middle East and have had three vehicle accidents, one of which was when I was fifteen and the car in front of me moved forward at a stop sign then stopped while I was looking left for on-coming traffic. The latest one when I was in my late seventies when driving in France and misjudged the passing distance on a bridge, and the third one in my forties when a car spun out of control in front of me on a wet road. We oldies have had years of practising competent driving and are pretty experienced. We have also learned to anticipate risk and dopey drivers. Perhaps if young drivers survive long enough, they will come to realise that turbo racing on public roads is not being a skilled driver.

    • Well said! I also have had 3 minor accidents of which none were my fault. Trouble was all three were young drivers with no insurance!!!

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