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Why do old people drive slow? – ‘The Why’

Why do old people drive slow?

Welcome to today’s edition of The Why.

Everywhere you look the media is pushing you telling you who to follow, what to watch and when to watch it.   You’re even sometimes told how to do it all.  Truth is, here at American Live Wire we do a bit of that too.  The big difference is we also tell you why.

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

“Why do old people drive slow?” you ask?

Before we answer the question: Why do old people drive slow? Let’s be straight from the start.  This piece focuses on observations and questions derived from those observations.  No one has anything against anyone who is “old” nor are we even going to specifically draw a line in terms of defining “old”.

why do old people drive slow

Why do old people drive slow?

Everyone gets “old” and everyone is considered “old” by someone younger.  Let’s not get bogged down in being overly-P.C. to the point where we can’t respond to the person who asked the question.  Getting old is a fact of life and despite how hip/cool/fresh/rad/bad/ (insert current high school slang for cool here)/righteous yours truly is you’d be amazed to learn how old he is.

We are all getting older.  We are all going to die.  Let’s answer the question before we’re all dead, shall we?

“Why do old people drive slow?” you ask?

A survey of readers solicited some interesting and at times humorous responses.

When asked: Why do old people drive slow? Shirley Rosenberger’s response foreshadowed the future: “At 59, I don’t trust the other guy. At 79, I won’t trust myself.”

Kevin Michael points to medical reasons stating: “Tumors.”  (The former governor of California might disagree.)

D’Lanie Blaze  couldn’t commit to just one answer to the question “Why do old people drive slow?”  She says there are “lots of reasons, not the least of which is that they have patience, which we could use. The world moves faster than it did when they were young,” throwing in a bit of sociopolitical commentary adding “and, as I discover every day I hang out with my dear 81 year old friend, NOTHING in this world is done in consideration of the elderly.”

Joan Blackhall notes that “In general, they are being overly cautious because of diminished senses,” and confesses”I however am old and drive like a bat outta hell.”

Model Deborah Smith thinks they are in no hurry because “they are retired” and have no need for speed.

Singer-songwriter James Halifko has a more philosophical view stating that older people “enjoy life moment to moment and are not in a mad rush to experience ‘a flash in the fire’ then rush off to the next blaze.”  Amy Rosen agrees and adds they are “enjoying the scenery and (are) not in immediate need of the bathroom.”

Diana Joy  believes that for whatever reason “they doubt themselves” and are put in front of other  drivers by fate or the powers that be  “to teach us fast drivers patience.”

How do opinions stack up to studies when answering the question: Why do old people drive slow?

Oddly enough both professional studies and popular opinion often agreed on several answers to this question.  One popular point is that as we get older our eyesight, hearing and reflexes and/or reaction time changes.  We do not react as quickly as we once did when we were younger.

Research not only supports this but adds that we drive a little slower as we get older to compensate for a slightly slower reaction time.  Studies also indicate that old people drive slower because they have “a narrower field of vision and have more difficulty seeing pedestrians.”

Research also indicates that older drivers often suffer from more medical issues such as aches and pains, arthritis and so forth. This, too, affects reaction time and causes elderly drivers to slow down when driving.

Studies also not that more experienced drivers know that driving slower not only enables them to more easily avoid accidents but also to save money by conserving gas.  Finally, statistics indicate that in most cases speeding or even accelerating just to get around slower drivers not only uses more gas but does not result in any significant gain in time.

Why do old people drive slow?

Why do old people drive slow?

Why do old people drive slow?  They drive slower because they are compensating for physical changes in their bodies.  They drive slower because they save gas and therefore money.

Why do old people drive slow?  They drive slower because they just plain aren’t in a hurry and/or they have learned to better plan their driving time.  Their physical limitations have been replaced with a bit more wisdom.

(Deal with it, dudes and dudettes.  Someday we will all be old.  So don’t hassle me on the freeway when I’m sixty-four.)

“Why do old people drive slow?”  Now you know.

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Why do old people drive slow?

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.