Friday, December 5, 2008

Suffering from limited inspiration today due to the fact that all my creative juices are being exhausted at work the only thing I have share are my two near death driving experiences this week! So I apologise in advance....

OK, so maybe they weren't exactly near death but they were pretty freaken scary! And in both these incidents...it has to be said....I'm going to say it....that they both involved elderly people! Now I have to say that I have absolutely nothing but the utmost respect for the elderly. I was raised to always respect anyone older than myself.

But is it coincidence or is it like a lot of things when you start to age that you start to loose your sight, hearing...sanity you also loose all and any driving ability and spatial awareness??? Both the incidents involved the drivers not giving way when changing lanes and nearly side swiping me into either the oncoming traffic or the gutter. In fact it wasn't even 'not giving way' but more so not even looking to see if there was a car to give way to! It was like 'here I am driving along, ho hum de dum, I feel like changing lanes, I will indicate for .5 seconds and then WHAM I'll just change lanes'!

Or is it that there is just a general lack of courtesy and awareness on today's roads? Are people forgetting how to drive properly or just not caring to do it anymore? Or finally, as you age is it the inevitable feeling of a loss of independence for the things you could once enjoy and that for some people they keep on driving longer than they'd like to admit they shouldn't?

Well that's my rant for today peoples.

5 comments:

Debbie said...

Just wanted to thank you for stopping by Blog Around the World. You are all linked up!

Mrs. S said...

thanks for stopping by yesterday! I appreciate all the kind comments.

Pam said...

This has happened to me a lot latey too. Except in my case, they pull out right in front of cars into traffic without any thought of how fast everyone else is going.

Simplicity said...

It's scary sometimes!! Tonight I went for a walk and almost got hit by somebody who ran a stop sign. She COMPLETELY missed me visually. I pounded on the trunk of her car as I scooted behind her and she had the audacity to GLARE at ME!!

yolanda said...

unfortunately, to survive on the road you need to be able to anticipate what other drivers are going to do. with a bit of practice you can learn to tell by the way someone is driving as you approach them. car models etc give you extra clues. eg. taxi drivers generally do NOT appreciate being overtaken!
my tip for the day :-)
yolanda