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Octogenarian reports from the highway

June 29, 2009
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I AM an elderly driver, 80 this year, but with vision corrected to 20/20 and reflexes essentially intact.

On Father’s Day, we drove to our daughter’s house, a round trip of about 100 miles, on Routes 128, 24, I-495, and I-95. My highway driving strategy is to get into a middle lane and hold steady at 65 miles per hour. I get into the right lane about a mile before the planned exit, and stay there, even if the lane is moving only at 50 miles per hour - a loss of maybe 17 seconds.

On that Sunday, a particularly bad weather day, we were overtaken numerous times, as if we were at a standstill, by drivers who tailgated us and then abruptly passed right or left, leaving as little leeway as possible.

Their favorite maneuver for exiting was to proceed at high speed in the far left lane, and then swerve right across three lanes of traffic to enter the exit.

If one of these jerks had rear-ended or sideswiped me, the headline would have read: “Elderly driver involved in multiple-car highway accident.’’

Richard Strauss
Lexington

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