Podcast #134 Older Drivers

Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Life in the USA

Podcast134 EXERCISES

Some things get better as you grow older. Driving a car does not.

You don’t see as well as you used to. Headlights are hard on your eyes. Your reaction time is slower. Traffic noise gets on your nerves. It’s easier to get drowsy. Long drives exhaust you.

You drive too slowly. Other drivers don’t like this. Your sense of space is diminished. So you stay close to the center line. It’s also harder for you to park.

Older drivers are easy to spot. Here are some clues.

You might not see a head. Or the head is wearing a hat.

The driver’s chin is pointed upward. His arms are held straight and stiff. Or he is bent over the steering wheel.

He brakes very frequently. He never passes. He slows at every intersection. He lingers at stop signs.

I have sympathy for older drivers. I will soon become one of them. Maybe as soon as next week.

 

Some things get better as you grow older.

Some things improve as you age.

 

Driving a car does not.

This doesn’t include driving.

 

You don’t see as well as you used to.

Your eyesight is weaker.

 

Headlights are hard on your eyes.

Headlights cause you to squint.

 

Your reaction time is slower.

You are slower to react.

 

Traffic noise gets on your nerves.

Traffic noise makes you nervous.

 

It’s easier to get drowsy.

You feel sleepy more than before.

 

Long drives exhaust you.

You get exhausted from long drives.

 

You drive too slowly.

You don’t drive fast enough.

 

Other drivers don’t like this.

This is not appreciated by other drivers.

 

Your sense of space is diminished.

Your spatial judgment is weaker than before.

 

So you stay close to the center line.

So you hug the center line.

 

It’s also harder for you to park.

Parking is also more of a challenge.

 

Older drivers are easy to spot.

You can easily spot an older driver.

 

Here are some clues.

Here are some of their characteristics.

 

You might not see a head.

A head may not be visible.

 

Or the head is wearing a hat.

Or the head is topped by a hat.

 

The driver’s chin is pointed upward

The driver’s chin is jutting out and up.

 

His arms are held straight and stiff.

His arms are rigid and unbent.

 

Or he is bent over the steering wheel.

Or he is leaning onto the steering wheel.

 

He brakes very frequently.

He applies the brakes with frequency.

 

He never passes.

He refuses to pass.

 

He slows at every intersection.

He slows down at every cross street.

 

He lingers at stop signs.

He spends time at stop signs.

 

I have sympathy for older drivers.

Older drivers get my sympathy.

 

I will soon become one of them.

I will soon be in that category.

 

Maybe as soon as next week.

Perhaps right after the weekend.

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