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TxBohemian, by jove, I think that's a great idea!
We should all remember that driving is not a right, it is a privelege. So many times, people forget that when they are driving, they are sitting behind the wheel of a potentially lethal weapon. I confess; I'm human, and I take driving for granted, too. I have been driving so long that it seems mundane and routine. People, it is NEVER mundane and routine. Be alert, be aware, be conscientious.
TxBohemian, I really like your idea. Not only does the eyesight change and sometimes fail as a person ages, but reflexes slow, the mind slows, and a person does not possess the same faculties and aptitudes at 81 or even at 41 that they might have had at 21. This is just simple biology. Therefore, driving tests, practical as well as written, should be required on a regular basis for license renewal.
I agree with RNgirl and Stx.
I also think instead of everyone just getting an eyetest every four years we should ALL have to take a written AND driving test every four years to get our licenses renewed. From the first time renewed till when you quit driving.
Reason being seems like everybody needs a refresher on proper driving procedures and proper driving ettiquette. I'm sure we have all followed someone that doesn't seem to know what a blinker is for!! Or think they can cut across all 7 lanes on Navarro because they weren't paying attention and all of a sudden their turn came up on the other side of the road!! Or you doing the speed limit and a jerk tailgating, expecting you to get out of their way when they can easily just go around!Or someone racing by to get ahead of you and pull into your lane just to lay on the brakes to turn into a driveway causing you to lay on your brakes and come to almost a complete stop as not to run up their a$$ end, only to look in your rearview mirror and see there is noone behind you for blocks!!! They could've pulled in behind you and not caused you all this stress!!
Writing this got me all worked up, I think I'll stop at the corner store and grab me a 6-pack to drink onthe way home!!
Have to agree with 'redneckgirl' , younger people are rather busy multitasking and their rageing hormones make them more prone to road rage also. I'm not saying that all younger drivers are at risk because I was an excellent driver in my younger years. Times are changing as we all know with the advance in electronics ie. social networking, cell phones/texting and increased stress that youth have these days, I have to say that the more experienced drivers (older) are safer behind the wheel in general.
Ok people, really, who causes most wrecks? Young people because they are so busy doing the following; talking or texting on cells, talking to their friends in the car, putting on makeup, eating, hungover, stressed about the latest dramas in their lives, in a hurry to get to the latest party, in a hurry to get home from parties so they won't get grounded, driving too fast, and most of all, disrespecting other drivers, need I go on.
True that some older people may take prescription medication, but the younger people are more apt to do illegal drugs and drink, so which would cause more harm. Also, most younger drivers get less sleep and trend to be tired more often. My mother drove until she was 90 and I would have much rather rode with her than my teenagers.
Now, answer, I think all drivers under age 25 should have to take a driving test every year. I worked for 13 years now in ER, and I have seen many parents cry over their dead or mangled kids who were in a wreck than olderpeople.
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I will never forget my 90 year old grandfathers comment when he had to renew his license. Bless his eternal soul. He read the letters off of the eye machine to the DPS officer at volume 10. I will never forget what he told the DPS trooper, my grandfather said " I hope you renew my license because I would hate to drive without one." The DPS lady passed him with flying colors.