Seniors no longer able to go with the flow

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  • Friday, 23 Mar 2012

I WRITE in response to “Leave the middle lane to fast-moving vehicles” (The Star, March 22) and “Make road hogging an offence” (The Star, March 21) and would like to offer another perspective, why we road hog.

Many of us who road hog are the elderly (drivers above 70 years of age) and women from the Baby Boomers generation (above 50).

The elderly, who are still actively seeking out friends in different parts of town, need to drive around.

However, because of declining sight and motor-coordination, they are no longer able to “go with the flow” – to drive at the speed of the majority of the cars around them.

Women from the Baby Boomers generation did not have much opportunity to drive (men did all the driving, women stayed at home), hence their lack of skills in this area, even till to this day.

We need to drive at a slower pace as our reflexes are slower and we need more time to respond, e.g. slowing down or braking when needed. This slower speed ensures that we do not crash into the car in front of us.

We also need to drive in the middle lane because many times we are not sure of the routes (due to forgetfulness) and by driving in the middle lane, we can choose at the very last minute which direction to take.

Just imagine the chaos if we were toddling along the left lane when we decide to turn right all of a sudden!

It’s so much better if we were left alone cruising in the middle lane.

We are not a nuisance. It is just that everyone else around us drives at break-neck speed these days.

They are rude and reckless!

BABY BOOMER, Kuala Lumpur.

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