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rgatijnet1

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Posted: 03/02/21 07:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since you live in Florida, I believe that Lazydays RV, near Tampa, used to have courses for RV drivers. I would think that one of their instructors should be able to evaluate your abilities and advise you the best.

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I am 65 and DH is 76 but I do see a change in his driving skills and it scares me. The last few years whatever mode of transportation, camper, car, dually truck, enclosed trailer, or harley trike I have to be comfortable handling it. If not, then we are not going to buy it. As of now, we have a 21' travel trailer and truck camper. I feel comfortable with both, initially it's a little different in the first few miles but then I settle down and it's all good. I sure wouldn't want anything bigger. I actually love traveling in the TC, it's so easy and agile. I do understand your concerns due to my husband not being that far off from the 80 mark and I can actually see a difference in his skill level. Sometimes smaller is better!


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Only you can make the decision as to when to hang up the keys. If you are not comfortable driving, maybe it's time. Traffic is moving faster than ever and more cars on the road too. Seems like everyone is in a hurry and slower reaction times really do matter.
I was over the road trucker foe 33 years, no accidents, and have witnessed first hand older unsafe drivers. My dad was also a trucker and the hardest decision he made was to quit driving, but he did when he felt it was time. I am 75 and know my time is coming.

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It is an individual issue. The number of years has nothing to do with it, IMO. I am "only" 79, and I have no plans to stop driving my ATVs, truck, Jeep, or motorhome. I'm sure the day will come when "my Nurse" (wife) will tell me it is time for me to stop, but we might still have them, because my wife will do the driving. Well, OK, the truck and the ATVs might go away...
It might be time to have a discussion with those whose opinion you value: Wife, children, doctor, etc. Perhaps their guidance will be of more value than that from total strangers.
Good luck, and be safe out there.


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Sorry to hear you may have given it up prematurely. Some close, second opinions may be helpful. I’m not sure a smaller rig or back roads are safer.

My role model is an 84-year-old couple that bought a brand new 42’ motorhome and drove across country to a rally in 4 days. She was limping because of breaking her leg snow skiing the previous winter.

My question is what else do you do activity wise to help remain sharp? Not into video games but that may help your reflexes?

Guess I’m one of the luckier ones ..at 77 I still fly our plane but I usually take another pilot with me, not to fly the airplane as long as I am still alive but if I croak, it would be a shame to ruin a perfectly good airplane. I still run my heavy equipment that takes pretty good eye hand coordination and quick reflexes. 12+ hours behind the wheel are still easy, so I have no plans of going smaller or giving it up anytime soon.

*PS: I still go straight through Atlanta.

* This post was edited 03/02/21 08:16am by Ivylog *


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Someone who has never met you can not offer any help with your personal situation. A combination of your own opinion and that of a close relative or close friend who has observed your driving and willing to give you their honest opinion, and whose opinion you are willing to believe, is the only way to make a valid decision. I had a brother in law, now deceased, whose driving at under 60 yrs of age I would be scared of. But my mother and my mother in law both were good drivers into their late 80's.

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Here we go. I will be 80 in 3 weeks and have driven the DP over 10,000mi in the past year towing a 30ft enclosed trailer or a car on a dolly. The enclosed holds my race car which I also drive. Took that mess to West Palm Beach over New Years. We are leaving Monday to go back to Fl for a couple of weeks. So far myself or anyone else has noticed any driving skills dropping off but when they do I will park it. For now I will carry on.

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Posted: 03/02/21 09:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

goufgators wrote:

I know the decision is mine and mine alone.


Some thoughts (trying to be honest...not mean):

While you may technically be able to keep possession of a license, that doesn't make it your decision alone (or at least it shouldn't)...if you have an accident and someone else is injured...

But the fact that you are asking the question is a good sign. While there are certainly trends that follow age, capability isn't solely based on age.

The problem with self assessing is you have a strong bias, since you want to get out there, so I wouldn't trust your self assessment.

As you are suggesting driving "less congested routes", it suggests to me that you really don't trust your driving skills anymore.

Particularly in rural areas, I would recommend not driving back roads to avoid freeways. Non-freeways literally have 50 times the crash rate as they are not designed to be as forgiving, so it's a false sense of safety.

I think the idea of an independent 3rd party (such as a truck driving school or even a general driving school) give you an on the road driving test is a good idea. Make it very clear that you want honesty and not just a rubber stamp.

Honestly, at some age, it should become a standard that everyone has to pass an on the road test periodically to keep a license. It's hard to lose that independence but I've seen enough scary drivers who simply don't have the capability anymore.


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I began to notice dents and scratches on my Dad's van and motorhome when I would visit him as he approached 80. I rode with him one day in his van and he pulled out onto a highway as another car was approaching. Luckily the car had room to go by my dad's van. It was too close I always drove from that point on. Long story short his driving got to the point where we as a family decided to take away his drivers license. He came to live with us and was diagnosed with dementia. We would take him on our RV trips.

An alternative would be for you to hire someone to move your RV to where you want to stay. We have met several older RVers who do this. They feel they have gotten unsure of their driving to take a chance in their RV.

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Posted: 03/02/21 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our drivers at work are all CDL rated yet, as they age, it becomes readily apparent that they're losing their edge. Many don't realize there's a problem until they scratch and dent some very expensive paint. It's a sad thing to watch.


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