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Still driving regularly? 4 months 2 weeks ago #3851429

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I gave up driving some time ago. Nothing wrong with my eyesight but I am aware that I am not a good driver because I am not observant enough - I wasn’t seeing the bigger picture, just what was in front of me and behind me. Roads are safer without me behind the wheel.
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Still driving regularly? 4 months 2 weeks ago #3851463

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Aida wrote: I gave up driving some time ago. Nothing wrong with my eyesight but I am aware that I am not a good driver because I am not observant enough - I wasn’t seeing the bigger picture, just what was in front of me and behind me. Roads are safer without me behind the wheel.


Very honest of you Aida, Respect to you.

My eyesight is awful, I need glasses to read and see a laptop screen correctly, I need different glasses when I play darts so the board isn't all fuzzy between the numbers, (yes I have being practicing again so far rubbish lol)
When it comes to driving things are getting a little bit of a fuzzy edge at night time but I can still see them ok, daytime no problem at all.
Got an opticians appointment soon so going explain my predicament see what they can do for it.
If I wear my reading glasses now when driving it is dangerous as anything over 6 feet away is very blurred and if I wear my darts glasses when driving I can see great but I feel so uncomfortable I feel like I am closer to things than I am. It's weird to a point I keep taking them off as I feel more in control with them off.
I tried those driving glasses with a yellow tint to them they didn't help at all if anything it was worse, maybe as I am colour blind they were not suitable for me.

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Still driving regularly? 4 months 1 week ago #3853747

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i am still driving and these days i have to as my Hubby has an eye problem which is not going to get any better.
i will give it a few more years before i chuck it in , one of my neighbours has a yearly subscription with the local taxi firm she says it evens out what with car repairs , road tax and insurance ..

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Still driving regularly? 4 months 1 week ago #3853842

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I am 77 and just renewed my UK license but don't drive much now, my wife loves driving age 74, and we are off to Swindon tomorrow, I will drive there and my wife will drive back, I go what I call the country way my wife wizzes down the A34 then the A303.
It will take her mind off things as she is a bit down her sister has just passed away after a long illness.

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Still driving regularly? 4 months 4 days ago #3856129

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I just took my renewal tests yesterday and got it all behind me, they sure have changed the process since last time. Several in line (3) WERE REFUSED TO BE TESTED DUE TO LACK OF DOCUMENTS to prove ID. It took me close to a month to get an appointment to renew it.

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Still driving regularly? 4 months 1 hour ago #3857871

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I relinquished my licence a few years ago ; I hadn’t driven for years. The roads are better off without me on them. I am too nervous and I don’t see the ‘ bigger picture ‘ of what is going on with other drivers. I conclude, therefore, that I am a danger to others. I live in the countryside where many elderly residents still drive, the reason being they don’t want to move nearer to amenities, such as shops and health centres. Some hang in to their licences when they ought to reconsider their options.
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Still driving regularly? 2 months 3 weeks ago #3871718

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This is a common problem widely misdiagnosed by the medical profession and accident experts as ‘distracted driving’. There is no distraction. Its a memory problem, a ‘Sr moment’ where you momentarily forget you are driving. There is a easy fix-- listen to pink noise when you sleep. NOTE: improvement is very gradual. You won’t notice its happening. I realized it worked when it dawned on me that my wife no longer yelled, “Look out when we were in the car.”

Age 80. I do drive slower than I used to-- longer reaction time with old age.

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Still driving regularly? 2 months 5 days ago #3877528

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As I say on my profile page -

I'm 88 years old. I rode bikes since I was 15. Had to give 'em up at 80. That's when I noticed a few things like balance, attention span, etc., weren't quite what they used to be. I hate concrete lunches, so I got off the Goldwing. I Miss the rides with my wife along the Mississippi and throughout the Midwestern USA.

The so-called "Golden Years" suck.

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Still driving regularly? 2 weeks 1 hour ago #3895068

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This is a subtitle point, but Sr driving problems are not caused by "distractions" Its a memory problem. Srs tend to forget they are driving, and that gets them into trouble. The fix: Play pink noise in the background while sleeping. There is a lot of medical and psychological research that supports this.

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Still driving regularly? 1 week 4 days ago #3896107

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What is "pink noise"?

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