Do you still drive? Age?

Ladybj

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So far, I do.

Driving has never been one of my favorite things even when I was younger. I do not get on the interstate. If we have to go places and take the interstate, my hubby drives...thank goodness.

My hubby is a very good driver but I have a bit of anxiety when we are on the interstate. About 3 years ago, I was in 2 vehicle accidents within 2 years (not serious) which was not my fault (I was hit from behind both times). I use to get anxiety driving after the accidents but I'm much better now. I will not allow that to stop me from driving. I go where I need to go and come on home.

I am 59 - 60 in a week 11/23... :ROFLMAO: 🍾
 

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Ladybj

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Yes, I do. Just bought a slightly used car a couple of months ago. Reckon, this one will be my last.
My hubby bought me a used Lexus 2 years ago.. I wanted a dependable vehicle because this may be my last one... not unless hubby hits the lottery then I would upgrade to a New Lexus:ROFLMAO:
 

Bonnie

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Location
Texas
I still do drive, but do not enjoy it anymore. Vision is becoming a problem for me .... I live alone, so don't want to bother others for rides until I absolutely have to.
I drive to the grocery store, and doctor/vet offices when needed. ... all close by. ... And I can drive to my daughter's house a couple miles away.
Otherwise, I get other things delivered to my door.
 

Catlady

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Location
Southern AZ
Driving has never been one of my favorite things even when I was younger. I do not get on the interstate. If we have to go places and take the interstate, my hubby drives...thank goodness. My hubby is a very good driver but I have a bit of anxiety when we are on the interstate.
It would be better if people mentioned their age, it makes a huge difference.

I had no problem with driving before I retired. I even worked the third shift and most of the time I went to work and came home in the dark. After I retired at 63 I have become increasingly uncomfortable about driving, especially in the dark. I had no problem getting on the interstate but now I avoid it if I can but am alright once on the interstate. I am now 77 and plan to give up my license at 80 when I'm due to renew it. I'll sell my car and use the money I now spend on insurance, registration, gas and other expenses to pay for transportation.
 

Ladybj

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It would be better if people mentioned their age, it makes a huge difference.

I had no problem with driving before I retired. I even worked the third shift and most of the time I went to work and came home in the dark. After I retired at 63 I have become increasingly uncomfortable about driving, especially in the dark. I had no problem getting on the interstate but now I avoid it if I can but am alright once on the interstate. I am now 77 and plan to give up my license at 80 when I'm due to renew it. I'll sell my car and use the money I now spend on insurance, registration, gas and other expenses to pay for transportation.
Very good idea about the age!!
 

Bonnie

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Location
Texas
It would be better if people mentioned their age, it makes a huge difference.

I had no problem with driving before I retired. I even worked the third shift and most of the time I went to work and came home in the dark. After I retired at 63 I have become increasingly uncomfortable about driving, especially in the dark. I had no problem getting on the interstate but now I avoid it if I can but am alright once on the interstate. I am now 77 and plan to give up my license at 80 when I'm due to renew it. I'll sell my car and use the money I now spend on insurance, registration, gas and other expenses to pay for transportation.
You're brave to go on the interstate! ... and I like your future planning.

I'm 76, and have a renewal of my DL late next summer. ..
I plan on getting another eye exam after the first of the year (it's been two years) and see how that goes .. If I can't pass the eye chart test when the time comes next summer, with new improved driving glasses, then it will be on to Plan B, like you, ...selling car, etc. :)
 
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Catlady

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Southern AZ
.. If I can't pass the eye chart test when the time comes, with my driving glasses, then it will be on to Plan B, like you, ...selling car, etc. :)
That's another of my worries, the eye test. I do wear glasses for driving. I have also become deaf these past two years and they might refuse to give me a license anyway (can't hear emergency sirens etc). I think 80 is a good age to stop driving.
 

Ladybj

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That's another of my worries, the eye test. I do wear glasses for driving. I have also become deaf these past two years and they might refuse to give me a license anyway (can't hear emergency sirens etc). I think 80 is a good age to stop driving.
I think so to. That may be the age I give up driving...but it all depends. My other mom is 80 and still driving. She gets on the interstate and she lives in a State where driving is horrible. One good thing about giving up driving is they have all types of delivery services and Lyft drivers. I think with some people at a certain age, it gives them the sense of independence.
 

Catlady

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Location
Southern AZ
I think so to. That may be the age I give up driving...but it all depends. My other mom is 80 and still driving. She gets on the interstate and she lives in a State where driving is horrible. One good thing about giving up driving is they have all types of delivery services and Lyft drivers. I think with some people at a certain age, it gives them the sense of independence.
Of course, that depends on how you feel about driving and how well you drive. I've heard of people driving until 90. On the other hand, my father had a spotless driving record and in his early 70's he had a bad accident (his fault but no injuries). His insurance premium DOUBLED.

YES! So great that now you can get deliveries. As for a driver, I'm hoping I can find someone that does not have a job and I can pay him/her to drive me, rather than use strangers like taxis/Lyft. I am a homebody and don't go out much, anyway.
 

treeguy64

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Austin, TX.
Hmm....I was going to get into specifics concerning myself and driving, but then I thought about it, and decided not to.

In truth, everyone in here needs to consider who will dig up any and all info you may post about yourself, online. In the event of an accident, your posts may come back to bite you in the butt, in court, someday.
 

hollydolly

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Location
London England
I love driving... I will drive everywhere, and believe me it's a whole different ball game driving in the uk jam packed narrow roads, where it can take 3 hours to drive 20 miles depending on the direction we're going...and further to that we drive stick shift cars..

I also drive on the continent too, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and the Greek Islands, , Germany...almost all drive on the wrong side of the road from us..and of course all signs in foreign languages, but I love to drive and I'm not scared of it . I'm in my early 60's...

The only recent problem I have is a displaced knee-cap , which has left some lasting pain, which has prevented me from driving my usual weekend long distances, due to the constant clutch changes on our high volumed traffic roads.. ..which leaves me in a lot of pain when I arrive at my destination, but I still love driving as much as I can..
 
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Ladybj

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Of course, that depends on how you feel about driving and how well you drive. I've heard of people driving until 90. On the other hand, my father had a spotless driving record and in his early 70's he had a bad accident (his fault but no injuries). His insurance premium DOUBLED.

YES! So great that now you can get deliveries. As for a driver, I'm hoping I can find someone that does not have a job and I can pay him/her to drive me, rather than use strangers like taxis/Lyft. I am a homebody and don't go out much, anyway.
I understand about the concern regarding Lyft - I have used them a few times just to get a feel of it. I know people who use them quite often without any problems. Glad your dad was ok!!! I am not surprised with his premium increase...WOW!!
 
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Aunt Bea

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Near Mount Pilot
I'm 65 but have been retired for several years so my driving skills have gotten rusty.

I do my best to avoid interstates, driving at night or during peak hours/days when most people are on the road but I still manage to drive approx. 5,000 miles per year.

The next step for me is to upgrade my phone and begin exploring the use of car/delivery services to help me maintain my independence.

The most difficult part of the change for me will be the attitude adjustment that comes with giving up car ownership.
 

Ladybj

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Original Poster
Hmm....I was going to get into specifics concerning myself and driving, but then I thought about it, and decided not to.

In truth, everyone in here needs to consider who will dig up any and all info you may post about yourself, online. In the event of an accident, your posts may come back to bite you in the butt, in court, someday.
From what I read so far, no one posted anything that was incriminating.. Not unless I missed something?
 

win231

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Location
CA
It would be better if people mentioned their age, it makes a huge difference.

I had no problem with driving before I retired. I even worked the third shift and most of the time I went to work and came home in the dark. After I retired at 63 I have become increasingly uncomfortable about driving, especially in the dark. I had no problem getting on the interstate but now I avoid it if I can but am alright once on the interstate. I am now 77 and plan to give up my license at 80 when I'm due to renew it. I'll sell my car and use the money I now spend on insurance, registration, gas and other expenses to pay for transportation.
We all age differently. The factors that matter in driving are extremely variable, especially eyesight. I was born very nearsighted. I see fine now (67) but I have many of those floaters & who knows?
 

Catlady

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Location
Southern AZ
Hmm....I was going to get into specifics concerning myself and driving, but then I thought about it, and decided not to.

In truth, everyone in here needs to consider who will dig up any and all info you may post about yourself, online. In the event of an accident, your posts may come back to bite you in the butt, in court, someday.
If you mean my post about my father's accident, that happened a LONG time ago, like mid-1980s
 

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