Monday, June 11, 2012

Vent Monday

Today isn't a beach day so no beach pictures, sorry!

Instead I'm going to piggyback on the theme of a blog I follow.  People I Want to Punch in the Throat.  I know, I know it sounds horrible, but go read her blog, she's funny and usually has a very valid point.

So today is going to be Vent Monday.  And my vent today is about senior drivers.

Now before you all get up in arms, let me get my thoughts out, then you can flame me if you want.

After a weekend of running errands and feeling like I was driving through war zones at times I've decided that it's time for my generation and older to step up and take care of our parents.  My Dad is 71 and I have been very honest with him.  If I feel he is becoming a hazard on the road I will step in and take his drivers license and keys.  He's raised me to be responsible and that will probably come back to bite him in the ass LOL.

But seriously, here's the thing. I have to also be prepared at that point to step up and drive him where ever he needs or wants to go.

(ADD moment, this woman on Live! with Kelly is showing off goggles & hats for dogs to protect them from the sun. Isn't that is what their FUR is for??? I am in the WRONG business.. ok back to my thought)

So my vent is not toward the drivers themselves, but at their kids/family.

How could you let your parents put their & others lives in danger like that???

You have to know when it's time to tell your aging parents that enough is enough.  Some of the aging drivers are really a hazard on the road (as are other people but we're no talking about them today.  No, I don't care if you think you can text and drive, you can't.  Just like people can't drink and drive.  Trust me, I'm driving behind you, you can't text and drive.)

Just this weekend alone I've dealt with people doing half the speed limit. Turning from the wrong lane, drivers unable to maintain their lane or speed, and my personal all time favorite, pulling out RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU -- the list goes on and on.  It can be scary just driving to the store at times!

People of my generation and older, MAN UP.  Talk to your parents about their driving.  Take a look at their car, look for scrapes in the paint or dents.  You don't have to be obvious about it, just walk around the car next time you're at their house.  If you live nearby, be like a Private Investigator, follow them.

Hey, they probably did it to you when you get your drivers license!!!  Fair is fair!

But seriously, as a nation we are living a lot longer then previous generations and this is becoming a big big problem.  The politicians aren't going to do anything about it like mandatory retesting because the senior population are the ones who vote.

So get your heads out of your ass and pay attention to the world around you.

And that is my Monday vent.

1 comment:

  1. We actually do have mandatory testing here, and you should hear the complaints. Seniors believe it is their God-given right to drive no matter how dangerous they might be! *shudder My MIL was wise; she drove fewer and fewer places when she got into her seventies and eventually took herself off the road.