They need lessons…

I saw another example on why Minnesota should require the elderly to take another driving evaluation. I was carrying two cases of wine for a small old lady. As she was pulling up to the curb, her foot hit the accelerator….hard. I am assuming she was driving with a foot on each of the pedals instead of using just one. As she sped towards a concrete pillar right outside of our front door, she tried to step hard on the brake. Woops!! She stepped hard on the gas. She slammed REALLY hard into the pole, totally destroying her front bumper. I was surprised her airbags didn’t go off. Looking completely nonplussed by the whole event she put the car in reverse and peels backwards as fast as she sped forwards. She jumps over a median in the parking lot, just barely misses a couple of parked cars, and almost manages to run her back end into the same pillar she ran her front into. With a screech of rubber, she finally stops. She puts the car in drive again and starts to turn around and come back at me, just barely missing a car as it is driving into the parking lot. A young woman was standing next to me in as much awe as I was in. We both backed up into the building as she came around to try and stop again. She finally manages to get the car up to the curb. I wait until she has it in park and has stepped out of the car before I venture back out. She looks at me as she pops the trunk and says “Well, that wasn’t pretty. Just throw them in the trunk.” She waves good bye and leaves like a normal driver. She seemed completely unphased by the whole thing.

In other states, I believe they have put into effect a law which requires people to retake a driving test every few years once they are in their elder years. I am all for it. That woman is going to kill someone. I would like for that not to happen…

7 Comments so far

  1. Crystal (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    Wow, Nate – what an experience. I’d be totally backed up against the building too-hoping she wouldn’t pin me there.

    I work in Edina and drive through Richfield everyday. Do you know how many old folks are in this area? They should NOT be driving!! I can’t even count how many times I’ve almost been sideswiped, run into, or turned into during my morning/evening drives. It needs to stop before someone gets hurt.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    Now that’s a crazy old lady story! Yes! Old people driving are far worse than 15 year-olds on learner permits – radio and cell phone distractions be damned. I’m all for mandatory testing after age 60. There’s mandatory FAA testing for pilots every year, and you don’t see old people crashing planes, do you? And while you never want to be critical of your own grandparents, but we all know we checked our belt buckles when Grandma got on the interstate.

  3. Lex (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    Wow. I’m glad no one was hurt! My grandmother never really liked driving much, so she’s always been a public transit person. I wish Minneapolis had a better system to support folks who don’t want to drive or get to a point where they shouldn’t drive.

  4. Katie Rose (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    This is so so so scary! Yet I could still see one of my grandparents doing it. Ahhhh!

  5. Erica (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

    Oh. My. God.

  6. ttrentham (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    Apparently, 2003 was my year to rant about this.

  7. Erica (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

    Nate, I thought of you yesterday when I was coming out of Rainbow Foods. Two little old ladies were waiting against the wall of the building for a vehicle to pull up. When the minivan in question (driven by a little old man) arrived, he turned a corner to pull up in front of them. His front end came within about about a foot of these ladies who were already pressed up against the wall. And he was moving kind of fast, too. I can’t believe he didn’t clip them.

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