A good day to drive the model A!!

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth W DeLong on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 04:00 pm:

I took Grandmaw's model A for coffiee and some old woman backed into it! Being curtious and safe i waited for people ahead to back out and leave.Some old woman could have pulled forward but instead backed up.Sitting dead still with the horn blowing we were still hit but it was perfect and No Dammage to the A.I got told off for being in back of her even sitting still blowing the horn it was all my fault!! Still shaking Bud.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 04:30 pm:

Glad nobody's hurt and the A's OK! I don't know exactly what you mean by "old lady", but clearly some old folks just don't know when it's time to hang up the keys. My dad drove until he was 91, then his doctor had to write a letter to the DMV informing them that he should not drive due to diminished reflexes. Made my dad pretty mad, he's now 93 and thinks he could still drive if it weren't for that "damn doctor". He now has a scooter to get around on and crashed that into another resident at the assisted living center he lives in.

I don't know what they do in other states but here in Califunny they issue 5 year (maybe 4 year I can't remember) licenses regardless of age. I know, age discrimination, but really folks over a certain age should be checked annually in my humble opinion (including me in a few years).


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Philip Berg on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 04:39 pm:

My grandmother stopped driving at 90. Should have been sooner, in her early eighties she ran head on into a telephone pole in a Burger King parking lot.

She didn't remember a thing about the accident or how it happened.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob McDonald-Federal Way, Wa. on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 05:15 pm:

In Cali funny there was a license issued to a lady 105 years young a couple of weeks ago, the oldest licensed driver in the US. Saw here on the TV a few days ago.

Bob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 05:29 pm:

Please don't misunderstand me, if the 105 year old lady is physically and mentally up to snuf, then she should be able to drive. All I'm saying is that most of us should probably hang up our keys somewhere between around age 75 and 90. Unfortunately, there are many who continue to drive long after they should not, whatever the age.

Bob - Did they issue it for 4 years or 5 years? :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 07:39 pm:

Of course, at least 20 percent of the human population should lose their license before they turn 20 and never get it back again ever! Driving is supposed to be a privilege, not a right. If you cannot drive responsibly and pay attention where you are going, you should not be allowed to drive.
My dad, in many ways, was brilliantly intelligent. He passed away at 73, but should have quit driving two years earlier. He started backing into things often.
Glad you and the A were not hurt.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 07:50 pm:

There's probably a bell curve here. At one small end of the curve are the few folks who are just as sharp and fit as ever and able to drive at 105. At the other end are those who have lost it by the time they hit 65 and should have their keys taken away. Most are somewhere in between.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth W DeLong on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 07:51 pm:

Thank's everyone! Boy Grandmaw went through the roof when i told her about [Her] car! Lucky Bud.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chuck Hoffman - Gold Country of Calif. on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 11:15 pm:

Henry,
At the advanced age of 72, I have found that in CA the 4-5 year license is only good until you hit 70. After that, you have to go in for a written test and the license is no longer good for the long term. I have to go in next year. It was nice while it lasted though.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Clipner-Los Angeles on Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 11:32 pm:

Couple of yrs ago, I was an older lady driving her big, ol', minty 63 caddy down Venice bl. at 20mph in a 40 zone . She was in the middle of two lanes and looking thru the bottom of her bifocals to see. Prob. a person who could not get cataract surg. for some other health issue. Scary, even at 20mph.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Schreiber- Cuenca Ecuador on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 07:49 am:

The scary part George is that you were an older lady at some point :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 02:05 pm:

I think George is dixlesic, "saw" became "was". It is okay. Tou ti erugif ot semit eerht ti daer ot dah ylno I.
As long as everyone (and the antique car) is okay, it is all good.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve McClelland on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 09:59 pm:

I've got to agree... Every day is a good to drive your A.... The nieces and their friends love it too.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ted Dumas on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:28 pm:

Don't knock the older driver too hard, we are all headed that way. My mother, just renewed her drivers license and last Thursday celebrated her 96th birthday. She, herself, has limited her driving to church, doctors appointments and neighborhood streets and not at rush hour. She still invests in the stock market, handles her own finances, and mows her own grass. Time will tell how many of her longevity genes I have inherited.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mack Cole ---- Earth on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:31 pm:

Well,grandmall backed into her house and moved it about 8 inchs on the blocks it was sitting on.
Sink leaked and such.
Dad took the rotor button out of the distributar and a couple other things.She lived about 30 miles away in Charlotte so he couldnt keep a eye on her.
Well,she just had a local mechanic come out and fix the car.Ran a sheriff off the road,got a butt chewing.Drove some more,finally broke her hip and had to go to the hospital and stopped driveing after that.
81 years old I think.Couldnt rememeber backing into the house.But when you see the rear quarter panal of a 67 buick pushed up where the trunk cant close,that was a hard lick.

My dad turned 79 in june.
He seems to be driveing ok.But he knows to watch closer backing up.
My neighbor,now he is 82.He came within 5 inchs of hitting my shop building.Had I not had landscape timbers around it with shrubbery he heard and felt,he woulda hit the building.He may need to turn over the keys.


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