Ask Paul B: Senior Driver Salute!!

Dear Paul B,

People really don’t think too much of aging drivers. They don’t realize what we’re all about, not to mention the lack of respect we receive in general anyway. Our reflexes are diminished, our ability to react to drivers who honk, and are in a big hurry, and consider us as clogging up the streets. After all, we have nowhere to go, and we should just get the heck out of the way, right? We are courteous and safe, we don’t tailgate drivers, we typically let others cut in when appropriate, and we don’t give drivers the finger. I can’t remember getting any disappointing looks or fist waving from seniors either. Maybe it’s me. But, you all don’t realize that we cling to our independence, and fear accidents, or getting tickets and committing any violations whatsoever. Is this such a terrible thing that younger drivers should treat us with such malice? I think not. We have every right, as do you, do operate a motor vehicle. We are safer on the roads than you, and you need to respect us, because WE HAVE EARNED IT! You too may live to be our age one day—if you don’t end up as ROAD KILL. Slow down, respect others (including we Seniors,) and be safe out there. Jeopardizing ones life because you’ll be five minutes late for work, makes zero common sense—that’s one thing we SENIORS still have..Thank you for listening (and reading.) Please print this, Paul B. I know you won’t let us down.

Margaret May

Dear Maggie May

I have heard from you before, but this is your most poignant letter to date. Well put, and a very appropriate point that you make. I am embarrassed to admit, that I have passed up many a Senior and rarely give them the benefit of the doubt. My Mother is 91 and was driving (until she recently gave up the privilege,) and was thrilled that she did drive ever so slowly. Her hearing, vision, reflexes, flexibility to turn and see cars in her blind spot, were extremely limited. Do we need these people driving 70 mph on the highway, zigzaging and out of traffic like everyone else? I guarantee that we wouldn’t have an over-population issue any longer… Maggie has a right to speak up, and we need to respect theses folks, because we’ll be in walking (or driving) in those shoes one day ourselves. Let’s honk to say hi instead…..ok?

Paul B

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