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Old Ladies like to hug

Discussion in 'Your Near Misses - A Place to Vent' at netrider.net.au started by Smokeythemonkey, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. So I just got a new front brake disc and front tire today and decided to bed them in properly before doing any spirited riding.



    For those of you in Sydney and know the hills district, those long hills are perfect for bedding in the brakes and the hill I was using has a round-about intersecting Aiken road which is notorious for drivers on said road not looking and blasting through as if there wasn't a round-about. Seen way to many near misses.

    ANYWAY, I was approaching the round-about, intending to go straight, with the brakes setup, checking my right and left for cars and sure enough there was a car approaching on my left which looked like it was braking to give way.
    I entered the round-about...as did the car, almost hitting me in the process. I managed to swerve right and do a u-turn with my horn on lol.

    The car pulled over and I pulled in behind the car, got off my bike to talk to the driver which turned out to be a confused old lady. She asked me where I came from, to which I replied, from your right where you should've been looking. She got out of her car, apologised and gave me a hug. :D
     
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  2. Glad to hear you're ok buddy.

    Despite how hopeless a lot of oldies are I can't help feeling sorry for them. Can you imagine a day will come when you'll be forced to concede your only form of transport?

    Not condoning old ladies almost hitting people, I've no idea how some family members let their obviously incompetent parents/grandparents drive. Just sucks that someone has to get potentially injured or killed to find this out..
     
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  3. No such thing as giving way to your right at a roundabout

    Rules state "give way to vehicles already in roundabout"

    Rules for who goes 1st into the roundabout is a hell for leather 1
     
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  4. Been there done that, and it's a whole lot harder than you might think.
     
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  5. My mum is getting to that age, I avoid being her passenger at all costs. even if it means wrestling the car keys from her.
     
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  6. We also tried to get the father in law to hand in his licence, which he wouldn't. Talked to the cops and it was really really hard to get it taken off him. He eventually hit an ambulance with its lights and siren going, which meant he had to do a retest and failed, and gave in then. It isn't easy, even though you try to do the right thing.
     
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  7. Whereas, we actually convinced my dad to get retested. Unfortunately he bloody passed.
     
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  8. #8 Blaise, Apr 16, 2013
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    I always revert back to the old "give way to the right" when we're both approaching a round about with similar timing. According to the RMS, you should:

    which could possibly encourage vehicles to race each other to get on the round about first or end up with both vehicles stopping and playing the "you go first"... "no, you go first" banter.
     
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  9. Family GP (if they've got one) has the power to get them off the road.
     
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  10. didn't think to rate her. was a bit taken a back by the hug
     
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  11. Sorry didn't mean to imply that everyone was negligent, just that people should be more vigilant.
     
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  12. You know this irks me .. what on earth would a GP know about testing someones driving skills??

    IMHO we afford too much'god status' to medical practitioners ... most GPs wouldn't have a clue ... especially about motorcycle licensing skills.
     
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  13. sometimes it's obvious. there are guidelines available to help. e.g. uncontrolled epilepsy or severe dementia etc.

    GP can also refer for testing if in doubt.
     
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  14. I'm not sure I'd call a GP giving their medical opinion as to an elderly person's ability to drive (which is a fairly complex combination of high level judgement & reasoning skills) a use or abuse of a "god status".

    And nobody is trying to get granny off a motorcycle, we want her out of a car in an effort to save their life or somebody else's life.
     
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  15. Nothing to do with 'skills' rather systemic + eye conditions which can have an effect on someones ability to drive.

    http://www.austroads.com.au/images/stories/assessing_fitness_to_drive_2013.pdf

    I'm pretty sure that not being able to see might be a good reason to revoke someones licence. Hardly 'god like' in my opinion
     
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  16. The family GP is probably the only person accurately assessing a persons reaction times, eye sight, signs of alertness, manual dexterity etc. and will have a record of any gradual decline.

    If anything medical tests should be part of a licence requirement.
     
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  17. I had a situation a few years ago where I was walking through the supermarket car park when a guy pulled into the handicapped spot. He had a tag on the window so I thought nothing of it ... until he (the driver) got out, unfolded his white cane and proceeded to 'tap' his way into the shop. Something very wrong with that situation.
     
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  18. No need to apologise, I was simply pointing out that even though family members may be fully aware that their parent/grandparent is a dangerous driver, it's not that easy to convince them to stop driving. My dad was an absolute shocker, but when we got his driving tested he passed.

    Ultimately it was his heart specialist that convinced him to stop driving.
     
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  19. Before he died my grandfather was like that. He could not, no way no how, get the hand of indicators. He'd leave them on, put on the wrong one or just forget them. Not once in a while, I mean very literally EVERY time. Add to that the fact that he couldn't read other people's indicators and he was scary as hell to drive with. They couldn't get his license taken off him (the local cop - singular - couldn't be bothered) so the family eventually convinced him to stop driving, but I don't remember how. Probably stole his keys and made out they were lost until he forgot about it, then sold his old ute.
     
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  20. +1 Spot-on @Blaise
     
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