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I Got in a Wreck! Another Reason Why Senior Citizens Shouldn’t Be Driving

So less then five minutes after I passed this wreck on Highway 130… I got in a little fender bender myself!

I’m a firm believer that many senior citizens should not be driving on the roads and today I affirmed my belief when a senior citizen banged into my car today.

I was asked to move my car closer to the Pahoa Post Office back door to retrieve packages and as I was just almost around the corner… this older gentlemen between at least 70 and 90 years old started to back up.

I honked my horn several times trying to let “uncle” know that he was about to bang me and there was no place I could turn to avoid him and the next thing I know… I see him backing straight into my bumper!

I felt kind of sad for the gentlemen as I know he didn’t do it on purpose.  It doesn’t help that the gentleman had a handicap sticker to park in the handicap stall… HOWEVER, the STALL wasn’t available because it was being re-striped… AGAIN so he was parked illegally in a place that didn’t give him very good visibility when he was backing out as it was.

I’m just fortunate the gentleman had insurance and everything will be taken care of and thankfully no one got  injured.

But still yet… Senior Citizens should be tested every year for hearing, sight and DRIVING ABILITY.  Heck in some cases… some seniors should be tested every month!

With the new design of the parking lot at the Pahoa Post Office and the increased traffic along that road… I’m sure I’m not the last person that will be getting into a fender bender there.

9 Responses

  1. tHe old guy moved so fast that you could not get out of the way.

  2. As a driving instructor, I feel that everyone needs training. How often do we just neglect to make absolutely certain that it is ok to back up? This example of the light contact at the post office could have been avoided if the driver going in reverse was certain it was clear, still clear, and Yep, still clear.

    Teach your loved ones to use their mirrors. Back into parking places or “pull through” a space to the next so you can drive straight out.

    As far as the title of this thread, page, post, what ever, I hardly consider this a “wreck” or a “fender bender”. This is a light scratch. No need for drama, pitch forks, or community action.

    I do agree that we need to make a greater effort to train EVERYONE how to be safer behind the wheel. Bad habits start when we are young. Years of being lucky just cement those bad habits so they are passed on to the next generation exposed to those bad habits.

    Nothing is going to change until everyone gets together to make the change.

    LOL. here on the mainland, bumper covers get abused. dont even bother repainting yours. It will be scratched again soon. Just touch it up and love it like it is.

    • I see a potential collision as someone who has spotted an empty parking space turns into it just as someone “pulling through” leaves it.

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