Teaching Old People How to Drive Better

Life in the Boomer Lane


A close friend of Life in the Boomer Lane is now teaching an AARP refresher course for senior drivers. The class is being held in Florida, in an area known for chiropractors, podiatrists, and over-55 mobile home communities.

LBL’s friend, whom we shall call Bernice (and Bernie for short, in honor of her favorite presidential candidate) introduced herself and then said, “Now, I undestand that all of you have probably been driving for at least 50 years…” All heads nodded (especially the students who were nodding off).  Later, a woman approached Bernie and said, “I thought about your remark and I realized I have been driving for 80 years.” The woman was 93-years-old and started driving when there were no minimum age requirements to get behind the wheel.

The first order of business was for students to create name signs for their desks, so Bernie could then call people by…

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