Feb 8, 2009

They are out there driving among us

Two different stories came my way this past week that I thought I would share with you. Both are about senior citizens who are drivers. I don't normally group people into particular niches, because I certainly don't want that to happen to Skyler. But I really believe that once you get past a certain age, let's just throw 70 out there as a nice round number, you should be required to get a drivers test every stinkin year!

First story:

Driveline Vibration Issue - Possible Root Cause:

This old guy ran over a mattress/box springs and decided to keep going. The ensuing jumble finally whipped around enough to put a tear in the gas tank, the subsequent lack of fuel is what finally brought this vehicle to its knees.

It had still managed to drive 30 more miles decently with a 60lb tangle wrapped around the driveshaft.

This genius complained that the vehicle had a "shimmy" when driving it high speeds. This is what the dealership found:

Yeah right, just a bit of a shimmy at high speeds. "Does my bumper to bumper warranty cover this?"

Second Story:

These two old people, a man and his wife, were on the way to Greenville , NC and stopped at McDonalds in Farmville (just off of 264 East bypass) last Saturday and did not know they had hit this deer. Someone in McDonalds had to tell them. The old man said he noticed the car was starting to "run a little hot" the last few miles.

Warning, these are a little tough to look at.

Really?!? I mean really!? You didn't notice a deer that size hit the front of your damn car?


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  2. OMG! The mattress was wrapped around his driveshaft!?! That's what she said!"

    As for that poor deer.. I would like to think that even at that age I would know that I hit SOMETHING WOW!

    And yes I am very demanding.. be careful or I will have to break out the leather and handcuffs

  3. That deer shot is amazing. These stories are enough to make you want to stay off the roads...until THEY get off the roads!! Damn!

  4. "Harold...Harold...Harold, did you hear something? Harold, I'm talking to you! Did you hear something?!"

    "Did I 'deer something?' Why would I 'deer soemthing?"

  5. BTW, I just showed the pics to the kid and said "that's what the springs of a mattress and a box spring look like when they are wrapped around an axle."

  6. Wow. This makes old people who drive with their left blinker on for 100 miles seem incredibly with it.

  7. Wow! I mean, really?!? DAAAANG!!!!

  8. Ahahahaha

    Old people are so retarded. Umm, cute, I mean.

  9. Holy shit! These photos are spectacular!

    The town I work in has a very large elderly population (median age 47, 28% of the population over 65) and every other month we get a senior who smashes into something "because the brakes didn't work" when in fact they just slammed on the gas instead of the brakes.

    The typical reaction of the elderly bad driver, when confronted with horns honking, thumping noises, screaming or anything else, is to grip the steering wheel tighter, lean forward and stare straight ahead. As if not looking around and acknowledge that there MIGHT be a problem will make the problem cease to exist.

    Of the handful of pedestrian fatalities that we have each year, they're all either elderly, or immigrants, or both. 75+ eastern Europeans dressed all in black crossing a busy 4 lane street at night, etc.

    Great pictures.

  10. I had a pamily of mice nest in the engine of my car last winter. They ate through my entire electrical system to the tune of 8 grand. I was thinking how could I have not known???

    After looking at these, I dont feel so bad.

  11. Of course, if they were driving around Denver, they would just think it was another pothole.

  12. I wonder when they would have noticed the deer sticking out of their front-end if they hadn't stopped at McDonalds?!


  13. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Holy shit that's awesome.

  14. I'm related to folks like that. Believe me, it's a death trap.

  15. Anonymous7:36 PM

    Wow, now I don't feel so bad that I left my mom in the trunk last year :)

  16. Are you kidding me?! How can someone not notice THAT?! Incredible.

  17. These are both Ohio drivers, ain't they? They couldn't stop apparently 'cuz they'd not make the red light.

    I think I've talked to BOTH of these fuggahs about their Medicare Options, and neither one of them knew what coverage they had and hung up on me.

    Old bastards.

  18. I had something funny to say, but freaking Pistols made me snort vodka and now I can't see out of my left eye let alone think.

    But I could probably still drive a car and know whether or not there was a fricking fracking mattress attached 1 million times around the inside of my car.

  19. Anonymous6:51 PM

    not only didnt notice hitting the damn deer, but somehow didnt notice their hood was bent? Or hear the crash? Or hear the thing dragging along for who knows how many miles??