very early tomorrow morning. Visiting aged parent and helping him to buy a new car. touchy subject this since we are the first people to complain when watching the elderly attempting to drive when it is clearly something they should no longer be doing.
Mein Papa is 87 now and still driving. Not long distances but all the same... don't the statistics say that most accidents happen close to home? I am a firm believer in the 're-taking of the driving test once you reach a certain age... say ... 70' school. And that further re-takes are necessary in order to keep your licence.
there would be a strong possibility that the aged one would not get to keep his licence... well it's a grey area... perhaps borderline... depending upon the day. It has to be a good thing to keep other road users safe, all the same, his car is his independance. He still works and he uses it to get to his job every day. He plays golf with his buddies on a weekend (weather permitting) and he visits a local cafe on a regular basis for coffee and chatting with the staff. He goes to the gym once a week or once a fortnight (a very gentle workout followed by a sauna). Without his car he would be very stuck.
We live near Oxford. He lives in Elgin in the north of Scotland. Yes there are other family members up there but the aged one will not ask for favours and indeed will not even tell anyone if he needs anything. He always presents a perfectly cheery outlook to all and sundry, concealing whatever ailment or malaise from becoming general knowledge. I am sure it's a common thing.
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