This might be a touchy subject since many of our forum members are past retirement....but what do ya'll think about mandatory driver retesting? I know for a fact that some members of my family drove well past what I would consider safe. I would like to see retesting for everyone at least every 10 years or so. And if you fail the test after having your license, you can lose you license until you pass the test or you may sign up for a driver training course that allows you to keep it until passing the training. Thoughts?
Loss of mobility is a major issue. I sure don't relish the day when I cannot hop in my car, or get on my scooter, and go where I wish, when I wish.
Some folks are still capable drivers into their eighties or nineties. Some folks are not capable drivers in their forties - even younger. The reasons can be due to deterioration of mental or physical capability - which can strike at any age via various diseases. To suggest that someone over 70 must retest, and that someone in their forties does not have to, is blatantly discriminatory.
I am not against retesting. But if retesting is implemented, it should be for ALL drivers, at ALL ages, every ten years (or whatever interval is deemed appropriate). There would obviously be a cost to that which we would bear via taxes, registration fees or testing fees. Perhaps it would be worth it.
The other thing, is that if you look at the highway fatalities that have occurred in my area over the past couple of years, there is a very high percentage of youthful drivers involved. Many more youths that old people. And the kids have just passed all of the tests! They are physically at their peak. They are not, however properly mentally conditioned for the responsiblility of driving. They are at the stage where they feel invulnerable, drinking is cool, and showing off to their friends is commonplace. There is nothing in the driver training programs that adequately teaches them the handling limits of a vehicle either - that comes with experience to those that survive. And I'm well qualified to say that. I was hell on wheels when I was a teenager. Fortunately, I got past that without harming anyone else, or myself.
You are right Bill, that it is a controversial topic. But you solicited thoughts, so of course I felt obligated to respond. :wink: