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FloridaRosebud

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Posted: 03/02/21 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

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.


These are good points. I agree, the fact that you are asking the question means you are aware, which is way good. So this is how I got my mother-in-law to give up the keys. Might sound stupid, but i asked her to stomp her foot on the ground. She didn't understand why. So I showed her, and she did it - BUT - it took her probably at least a second to pick her foot up and stomp it to the floor. I showed her how fast I did it compared to her. I then asked her what if a child or a dog ran out in front of her....she wouldn't have been able to slam on the brake fast enough. That afternoon she gave my wife the keys and never drove again. So for me, this issue is about 2 things; judgement and reflexes. If you still have both you're probably OK. If one is lacking, that could be an issue.

My 2 cents....

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I've seen a lot of 30 year olds that shouldn't be driving let alone driving a motor home. [emoticon] Coming back from California this past week, I was passed by a 30 something in a truck pulling about a 32' trailer. I was doing 80mph, (in my car, we didn't take the moho) and he passed me like I was sitting still. I would estimate just a bit shy of 100mph....age isn't the only thing that makes for dangerous drivers.....Dennis


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Executive wrote:

I've seen a lot of 30 year olds that shouldn't be driving let alone driving a motor home. [emoticon] Coming back from California this past week, I was passed by a 30 something in a truck pulling about a 32' trailer. I was doing 80mph, (in my car, we didn't take the moho) and he passed me like I was sitting still. I would estimate just a bit shy of 100mph....age isn't the only thing that makes for dangerous drivers.....Dennis


I don't think anyone has said he should lose his license because he turned 80. But the fact is if you take an average of 100 - 30yr old drivers and 100- 80yr old drivers, the 30yr old drivers will have far better response times...in particular the lower variance the groups is likely to be wildly worse for the 80yr olds, so it's far more effective to be watching and assessing this group if the goal is to get dangerous drivers off the road.

If the OP's cognitive and physical abilities are still good, no reason to take his license away but if they are seriously degraded, I would hope he does the right thing and stops driving on his own before someone has to force him.

As far as a guy doing 100mph towing a 30ft TT, there is a different mechanism to address that. Get caught by a cop and that's likely to pull a reckless driving ticket. Very expensive and is frequently a prelude to losing your license.


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We went from towing a 32ft. Arctic Fox 5th wheel w/F250 CC long bed Diesel to a 24ft. Class C. The "C" is so much easier to drive, park, back up, etc.We miss the space, comfort of the 5'vr but don't miss having 50+ feet going down the road. And, now my wife drives which is great. Also,being the "C" is only 24ft.-don't need a toad-we take it anywhere we want to go. If need be we have used Uber and once rented a car for a week. I am 77 and not about to give up traveling and exploring.


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Posted: 03/02/21 12:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What I find strange is that some states do not care about your physical ability to drive any vehicle. With my airplane, I have to get a flight physical every two years and get a review with an instructor pilot every two years. I also have to be current to carry passengers. With my Florida driver's license, it is valid until I am 82 years old. There was no physical exam, not even an eye test, and it was renewed online and good for 8 years. In Florida this allows me to drive ANY RV regardless of length or GVW. The funny thing is that I can legally drive a 45' motor home but to drive a motorcycle I have to get a special endorsement.

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goufgators wrote:

wowens79 wrote:

I'm only 52, but watching my parents age, and friends parents, it really varies from person to person. I know a 77 year old pilot, that I'd have no concerns hopping into a plane with him, but my mother in law at 79, I wouldn't let her drive around the block, and she thinks she is fine.
The fact you are concerned, is a good sign. Do you have a child or friend that would ride with you in a car or RV, and give you an honest opinion??
Maybe you can travel, and pick less congested routes, or maybe a smaller coach.
With the urge to go, I hope you can find a solution to let you travel, and enjoy your retirement!


If we get back in, we are going to look for "less congested routes" and, again 'if', we won't go back to a large Class A...it'll be a smaller class C. Speaking of 'less congested routes', in the past, we've had to travel directly through downtown Atlanta. That won't happen again...!


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Why not go to a trusted medical physician and have a heart to heart talk with him/her, get a good physical exam, perhaps even an exam from a cardiologist, take the AARP driving class and use all their counsel to help with your decision to drive a RV or not.

It appears that your concern is if your are mental and physician fit to continue to drive. No one can advise you over the internet about your condition.

I am 80 and I still drive a large Class A. I use a lot of judgment about the routes I take and try to keep my day's drive to around 300 miles, 6 hours, more tends to be unnecessary. After all I am retired and no one is depending upon my labor or time. Enjoy your journey and not be pressed to make any destination. If not today perhaps tomorrow or the day after.

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Bless you!. Age is relevant,many factors apply.Human physiology,and brain functions,vary greatly,whatever age.Being a mechanic, and have done towing and recovery,I really have not seen an increase of "accidents' from "older" persons,as far as RV's, BUT as some have said,other sources can be checked,even AAA, which i refuse to join.Heck, call your insurance people, they can provide you with statistics.That being said,my dad would never drive my big camper truck,towing a trailer,with atv's or another vehicle,whenever he came out here.BUT, he would go back home to MD,load up a 4 horse trailer,and tow it 2 states away, for dog field trials,lol, in his 70's-80's.He is now 90,no longer flies,nor drives long distance, because his knees hurt him too much, and the VA will no longer replace them,because of his age.A smaller vehicle is best,for your age,and good insurance, because it is just proper.But,enjoy life to the fullest,if you can afford it!!

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I note that you said you were comfortable driving your pickup. Have you considered a medium sized travel trailer instead of a motorized RV? The trailer would need to be within your truck's tow ratings of course.


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goufgators wrote:

Gjac wrote:

Do you feel more confident driving a car vs a Class A? Maybe a good compromise would be a 24 ft Class C or B+.


Thanks! I am more comfortable driving our car or my full size pick up. If we jump back in it will be a smaller class C.
Some other things to consider that may help, in a small C with no tow car would not only be easier to drive, easier to park and easier to set up your wife may share some of the driving which would reduce your actual time behind the wheel and make for a more enjoyable trip.

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