VIEWPOINT - Why I Stopped Driving

wise owlOne of the blessings of running this web site are the "conversations" that I have with the people who find me through my writing. Sometimes they share some very personal views with me and occasionally allow me to share it here. This is one of those stories.

The gentleman suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) which caused him to have episodes of confusion. He came under considerable pressure from his wife and children to stop driving because of it.

He undertook and passed an ICBC Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA) after the TIA.

Despite 60 years of driving experience, he decided that if he stopped there was no longer the possibility of causing a collision that would injure himself or third parties for which he could be held responsible. The decision was proactive, not reactive.

This man provided some points to consider for individuals aged 80+years who might have some health issues (dementia for example) and are deciding whether or not to give up many years of depending on their car.

Expenses eliminated:

  • car insurance
  • car maintenance 
  • gasoline.

He went on to say that the downside of giving up your car is the loss independence. This experience can be resolved to some extent by use of the local bus system, subscribing to Handy Dart (250-390-3000) & 1/2 price taxi service through Handy Dart.

I think that what stands out here is that after careful consideration, even when he passed the ERA, he made the decision to put his safety and the safety of others ahead of his convenience. No doubt it was not a simple decision to make as I expect that his wife also relies on his ability to drive. While she played a part in convincing him to stop driving, he is also giving up what might be seen as a duty to provide for a spouse.

Thank you very much for sharing this with us all and I hope that it may serve as an example for others who find themselves having to make the same decison.

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