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Argh!!!!!

I stopped at my tire dealership to get a screw pulled from my rear tire this afternoon. It is right next door to my wife's work so I walked over to wait on my car. A few minutes later I get a call from the tire shop saying that they need me to come back, a customer had hit my car.

I get over to my E and see that an older man had tried to make a u-turn in the parking lot and t-boned my E's A-pillar/fender/passenger door pretty hard. I will post pictures later. The top of the door is standing out away from the roof and the A-pillar/fender is bent in and you can see paint flaking off behind the plastic fender. Looks like a new door and fender for sure.

As I get in my car to leave after my tire is fixed I notice my odo lights don't work anymore.

Luckily my car dealer was right around the corner and has a really good body shop so I swung by to get the initial check over. They say it's fine to drive. I am waiting on insurance to get the paper work going and it turns out that my Honda dealer/body shop is also a certified repair shop with this guys insurance so that will make things a lot easier. I just can't wait to see what rental I get:rolleyes:
 

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all the more reason after a certian age they should be required to take a driving test just like when you first get you license or they should ahve it taken away. some older members of my own family are no exception.
 

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all the more reason after a certian age they should be required to take a driving test just like when you first get you license or they should ahve it taken away. some older members of my own family are no exception.
Agreed

After a certain age they should have to be retested every 1-2 years. Some of my own older family members need to be tested and are no exception as well.
 

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Absolutely!!! This guy had a Handicap tag and said his foot slipped off the pedal.

My wife's grandparents are at the age that they should not be driving at all. At least her grandfather gave up his keys a few years ago when he said he could feel his feet anymore.

I am just glad the family with little kids had pulled in to the shop after this guy crashed into me and not before. A car can be fixed but a life can not and it could have easily been a kid in the parking lot instead of my E.
 

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I was almost hit head-on by an old lady the other night. I was going down a six lane parkway with a grass median when she came barelling down the wrong direction. I and several other cars were stopped at a traffic light when she came up, slammed on her brakes and laid in on the horn for blocking her way. :mad:
 

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Ow! :mad:

Hope your car gets fixed soon.

Statistically, however, you may be better off watching out for young drivers.

Young drivers more of a risk than older ones

yeah, yeah I know the source is Consumer Reports. :rolleyes:
maybe thats the case up there but here there is TV news every week of some old person saying " i thought i was hitting the brake when i drove thru the front of that store." Florida is overrun with old people, most of whom cannot drive or shouldnt drive anymore.
 

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Ow! :mad:

Hope your car gets fixed soon.

Statistically, however, you may be better off watching out for young drivers.

Young drivers more of a risk than older ones

yeah, yeah I know the source is Consumer Reports. :rolleyes:
From what I have seen the stats are like that because "seasoned" drivers are more apt to pay off the other party rather than go through their insurance while noob drivers lack the financial ability to buy their way out. Here's two quick stories for your enjoyment.

My father-in-law has one eye from an Army injury and still drives quite well for the most part. He ran completely over the front of a small car at Hardees once because they parked next to his farm truck in a no parking zone at the end of a row. He just offered the kid $500 and that was that.

My wife's car got hit parked in our driveway by an older lady who drove across our yard and then asked if our building had an elevator. Her insurance agent had the nerve to call me and ask if I really thought it necessary to file a claim that his client was really a good driver and could not afford the increase in premium from an accident. I had her plate run and she had been in over forty such accidents and was legally blind. Nice. We almost had to take them to court.
 

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I was hoping it was going to be either the suicide door or the rear bumper honestly because I already have a bunch of door dings on that side and my back bumper is bruised from jack knifing my trailer a few years ago. Just haven't bothered with the new bumper cover ($45 to boot) because I would have to pull the trailer hitch off to remove that blasted center clip!!!

I will get the pictures loaded in the AM.
 

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My father is 79 and he has to do the driver's test every year or two. He's in Edmonton, Alberta. I think that's something that should be mandatory everywhere once someone has either a medical condition that could impact their driving, or they turn 75 -or whatever age is appropriate.

Maybe that's the issue. At what age do you start testing? Everyone is different.
 

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Humbug!! You cell phone using, texting, looking at the chicks drivers are more dangerous.:-x
 

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Humbug!! You cell phone using, texting, looking at the chicks drivers are more dangerous.:-x
do be mad at the youger gereration's ability to multi task and not run people over or hit cars and buildings. :D i can only imagine how bad it would be if grandma and pa tried to do that stuff while driving
 

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Like you said at least its sheet metal and not someone else. A few years back my truck got hit pretty hard by, Get this, a 98 year old man that thought the gas was the brake and he kept it floored until we got back there and shut off the ignition. It was a little Civic and it picked up the back of that 1 ton dually like it was nothing and threw it into another car and totaled that car. I called his insurance and he had been in a few more accidents before this one and like one of the other posts they thought he was a good driver until I told her that the cop took his license away. He just missed another person that got out of my truck by just a few seconds.
 

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I'm finding it to be true----when you're young, you have excellent reflexes but your more daring and invincible.

When you get older, you calm down and realize body parts are breakable but your reflexes fade.

I approached an intersection in a neighboring town, last week, and looked right at two big green lights and made my left turn. When I got out at the shoe repair shop a few blocks away, there was a cop with blue lights flashing sitting right behind me. I didn't see him and definitely didn't see the little red arrow. He said they added the arrow 3 years ago.

Luckily, it was a young cop who believed me when I said I never saw it and it didn't have an arrow before when we lived here (we've only been back in the area about that long.)

What's bothering is---I REALLY didn't see it. I'm going to be one of those non-texting, non-cell phoning guys that runs all over you.:shock:
 

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Sorry to hear that bro, at least the driver did not run from the scene like most these days.
 

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The town I live in a little weird. Its a college town but people come here to retire to! OMG!!! I moved here from Denver Colorado to help my dad on a few business adventures and JE$U$ no one here knows how to drive!!! No one knows when its their turn at stop signs. I almost get backed into ever time I got to get groceries because people start backing up before they look! Those are just a few examples! Here its all ages not just young or old.

You might think yea whatever, but heres something to justify what I am claiming about this town. I have my Class A CDL and in Denver I drove for construction companies (12-14 hour days) all day, all through Denver (and the surrounding areas) for 2.5 years. I was never stressed about driving or traffic, never worried about get turned into NOTHING. I drove on main streets without a second thought!

In this town I drive back streets to get away from busier areas, if I dont have to drive I wont because I am scared to driver here and I love to drive. I see people stop at red lights and then go like its a stop sign. I almost get hit once a week because someone failed to yield to me when I had a green arrow to turn.

Age does have to do with driving but so does intelligence.
Young drivers = young and dumb
Middle aged = mixed bag
Old drivers = slow reaction time and mentally losing it (Most not all)

FYI This town has only about a 10k population.
 

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Thank you PVR....:)

All this bashing of seasoned drivers......BAH!!!:x
I agree...with both of you....lol
As a driver manager, I have more respect for those of us who have been driving longer than half these complainers have been alive! Experience means way more in avoiding an accident than anything else.

I also agree that there comes a time in everyone's life when it's time to hand over the keys. The smart ones seem to be able to do that. Unfortunately, far too many seniors fail to recognize that THEY are the major hazard on the roadways....
 

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do be mad at the youger gereration's ability to multi task and not run people over or hit cars and buildings. :D i can only imagine how bad it would be if grandma and pa tried to do that stuff while driving
But it's not the ability to multi task that is the issue! At issue is the lack of concentration that too many people give to driving!
I don't care who you are, no one can text, or even talk on the phone while driving. ANYthing that takes your attention from what you should be doing is a hazard!
Driving is a privilege that far too many people take for granted. Driving requires your FULL attention. Period.
If you think that there is anything else you should be doing, or that you can do while driving, you are WRONG!. Pull over and talk or text (and not into the right lane!)
I've investigated enough accidents, and seen the carnage caused by inattentive drivers to know what I'm talking about here....
 
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