Posted Nov 08, 2007 in Miscellaneous.
Here in the United States, there is a tendency for reasonably affluent seniors to drive absolutely massive cars. I constantly find myself stuck behind an enormous, beige barge with a hideous brown vinyl roof that is weaving slowly from side to side like a drunk. DeVilles, Town Cars, LeSabres, Crown Victorias and similar rivals and rebadged derivatives seem to be the usual choice. They are all huge and often ugly. Some look like sideboards with wheels, with all the elegance of a barn.
The biggest problem is that old people are lousy drivers. They have slow reactions, poor spatial awareness, a lack of road confidence, and they are generally oblivious to the world around them. I mean no disrespect, but folks like these should not be commanding moving objects weighing two tons.
I think seniors should be made to take a driving test every few years to weed out those who are obviously a danger to others - perhaps they should be required to watch Grey Dawn as well. While I'm on the subject, the driving test in the United States is way too easy. I have taken both the UK and the US tests, and the former is much harder.