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    I'm "thinking" of giving up my Drivers' License & selling my LAST Vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Kadota, with ONLY 28,000 MILES on it.
    PLEASE, share your thoughts about this!
    KDad Afoot

  • #2
    Bill, I would have to say, that might be the biggest decision that I would make in my life That being said, if I had gals coming to my house with cars ?? Take care and great luck selling your truck !! Mitch might even let you post a price of the truck in the Model A thread ?? Dads have some pull you know Pat from the unfrozen tundra


    • #3
      Bill, ya gota do what ya gota do. The minute you don't feel confident getting behind the wheel is the time you need to let someone else do your driving for ya. I know it is tough to give up that freedom, but as long as you can walk or wheel chair around, you are still mobile, just a bit slower and safer.
      Whenever I pass someone who's texting and driving, I throw my beer at their window.


      • JDupuis
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    • #4
      Tough decision Dad.
      Doing the math, you only average 2000 miles a year. I believe you put the majority of that mileage on in it's first 10 years.
      The driving public are an impatient bunch, hell they scare me. You may be safer to hitch a ride when necessary.
      This decision is best made by You. It is harder to accept when it comes from your Doctor, the police, the DMV....ect
      Good Luck. Your Friend in Canada. Jeff
      Twiss Collector Car Parts


      • #5
        Yo Dad,
        I must of ran across dozens of drivers here in Sarasota that shouldn't be on the road. Florida may rank among one of the highest in drivers that don’t have enough common sense to call it quits. They put there self and others at risk, but I blame it on the DMV here. Apparently since there are so many older drivers they must be very lenient on license renewals.
        It’s been years since you have even driven your truck so there is no need to carry that extra expense. Get rid of it and add the proceeds to your tall stash of mad money. Hey maybe you can rent the carriage house out for 100.00 a month to someone that needs covered parking? You’re making the right decision plus you have a great support group at home. If you need help selling the truck just let me know.

        I’m proud of you
        3 ~ Tudor's
        Henry Ford said
        "It's all nuts and bolts"

        Mitch's Auto Service ctr


        • Nabco
          Nabco commented
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          In Florida if you’re 80 or over your license is good for 6 years, that’s crazy, they do require you to pass a vision test once you hit Ohio you need to pass a vision test if you’re 18

        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          Apparently its just a vision test and not a driving test

          I saw plenty of crazy maneuvers the last few days. It’s safer in downtown Philly.yikes

      • #6
        Bill ,my father is 86 and in pretty good shape , he has scaled his driving down to daylight only , short trips to keep his independence . its not his driving its the other Dick Heads that should have gotten a pilots licence first.


        • #7
          I have to agree, the number of complete idiots on the road is at an all time high today.

          You'll save a bundle of cash by selling your cars. And if it is possible, get a JD Gator to replace it for short trips to the grocery store etc.

          Wish they hadn't ripped out all the railroads and still had Interurbans to get around in. Every farm town in our county had a railroad some had two. All gone now. After the BN left, the farmers really felt it cost of shipping in and shipping out every thing by truck went thru the roof and the roads have all gone to heck, all beat up the state can't keep up with it and besides they are broke anyway.
          Last edited by Jeff/Illinois; 07-11-2018, 11:34 AM.


          • #8
            I posted this to help others, in the same QUANDRY. Some feel that you might as well be DAID, if you couldn't DRIVE--Believe me, you ain't DAID, until "they" turn off yo' LIGHTS!!!-----OR SHUT OFF YO' GAS & TURN OFF YO' KEY!!!
            Sylvia's off to get the truck smogged, then, in 5 Minutes, I can get the license renewed, on line, at DMV. If we take care of the SMALL things, they won't become BIG THINGS, with penalties & late charges!
            Dad Responsible
            Last edited by BILL WILLIAMSON; 07-11-2018, 11:47 AM.


            • #9
              Bill: a couple of comments. Keep the license as long as you can especially in Calif. If it becomes a hassle for renewal, go to a small community nearby where the DMV offices may have less wait times than yours, etc. especially for the driving test. The truck may be a good keeper since it has low miles and was of the "compact" variety (if it's a Dakota.) For reference, I saw the new Ford Ranger oversees and it appears larger than the Dakota.


              • #10
                I would keep the license. Even if you dont use it much, it's there if you need it. Same for the truck. If you have a geezer center in your town, they probably have a bus that will take you to the grocer or the doctor. Use it. Keep the truck and license for a backup, or have someone drive you in it.
                Eastern Connecticut


                • #11
                  Bill.... I've been driving since I was 9, 12 with a license. That makes 89 years total behind the wheel. I thought about giving it up too but I've always been in the driver's seat and I decided to give it up when I'm no longer able to drive a date to a Drive-in theater anymore. Great Grandson of Godzilla is playing at the Starlite Drive-in this weekend.

                  But....we're talking about you. Do what you think best for you Bill, as long as you still have your faculties, you're still in charge of yourself.

                  "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"


                  • carolinamudwalker
                    carolinamudwalker commented
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                    Bill, just let the dog drive. He is probably better at it anyway

                • #12
                  Tough Decision. I am hoping for driverless technology before I reach that point, it's close but one accident puts progress back.

                  "Answers without questions are unwanted opinions."


                  • SeaSlugs
                    SeaSlugs commented
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                    Thats the one great thing about those cars. Gives people who cant drive independence and freedom to go where they want again while doing it safely.

                • #13
                  Bill, You still have your scooter don't you?

                  Just don't get rund over again.
                  Alaskan A's
                  Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska
                  Model A Ford Club of America
                  Model A Restorers Club
                  Antique Automobile Club of America
                  Mullins Owners Club


                  • BILL WILLIAMSON
                    BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                    YES, Carl, I still have my 18 MPH Scooter. It goes 40 to 45 Miles, on a recharge. I've gone EVERYWHERE on it! Even on hills, in the park, but I can't outrun them Danged Ground Squirrels!
                    KDad Scootin'

                • #14
                  That's a tough decision each of us to make. At 69 sometimes I feel like the youngster here. When my mother in law turned 87 back in Ohio and still sharp as a tack, she felt it was time to become a passenger. Sold her low mileage Dodge Dynasty to her lawn guy and started take the Senior Center bus for shopping. Good luck making that choice.
                  Last edited by slammin; 07-11-2018, 06:52 PM.


                  • #15
                    DANG! Truck FAILED the smog test today!Recently put in a new battery & it takes a certain amount of miles, for the Onboard Diagnostics to kick in!!! I'll let Sylvia drive it for a few days & swing by R&R Automotive, to see if it's "kicked" in yet??? Ron Strong is my HERO, whin I'm in a "PINCH"---He's done a radio talk show, called, "AUTO SHOP TALK" for 35 YEARS It's GOOD to know GOOD Folks
                    KDad Patient???


                    • Mitch
                      Mitch commented
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                      You need to put about 40-60 miles to set the monitors .
                      We have a 5000 mile exemption in pa
                      If it’ falls under that for the year it’s just a recording of info. No actual test. Your truck would have passed here

                  • #16
                    Bill, had the same thing happen to my PT after I replaced the MAP sensor and unhooked the battery to clear the fault. Took me 100+ miles and 5 trips back to my smog guy to get it to pass. Glad I do all the cars at the same smog guy, he knows me yearly!

                    Have I mentioned I
                    HATE cornfuzer driven cars?
                    Whenever I pass someone who's texting and driving, I throw my beer at their window.


                    • #17
                      So glad we dont have any tests here. Altho our stickers are 101 bucks a year....


                      • Tom Wesenberg
                        Tom Wesenberg commented
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                        Jesse Ventura got our lousy smog checks removed when he was governor. Antique tabs are once and done forever. I suppose some jerk will see another cash cow and get that changed too. Taxes are high in the Twin Cities.

                    • #18
                      Our taxes are SO HIGH, we can't AFFORD to DIE! NO Funeral money I tole Cindy, "Whin I die, jist lay me in the street & wait fur the Curb Trash pickup, its all "FREE"--LOL---YEA, sure, & if you don't DIE, there's also "FREE LUNCH"--somewhere????
                      Two things are for SURE, DEATH & TAXES, which comes first???? They tax you to Death & then add TAXES, to bury you, can't WIN!!!----Jist tellim' "I left my wallet on the kitchen table, with some "MAD" MONEY in it, but pay Samuel, the Gardener, FIRST!!! Or I'll come back & HAUNT you, bastard!
                      KDad Pissyandgoingtobed
                      Last edited by BILL WILLIAMSON; 07-11-2018, 11:04 PM.


                      • #19
                        Bill, I have developed much respect for you from half a world away, in so many ways. Your outlook on life is fantastic. Your humour cracks me up, especially how your name changes with every thread. Making this call almost tops everything else because, although it's hard for anyone, you're a CAR GUY! I went through the opposite with my mum and it was a nightmare. Stop driving, hoon around on that 18mph scooter for sure, but don't ever leave here! Your insights and recollections of how things are, were and should be bring me a smile every day.

                        Hoogah Humble


                        • Mitch
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                        • BILL WILLIAMSON
                          BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                          Those are the NICEST things ANYONE ever said to me, you made my DAY! I try to keep life simple & funny, I even joke with junk callers & ask them to get a REAL JOB, before I come over & kick their ASS!
                          KDad Threateningandserioussothere!

                      • #20

                        My thoughts about: "I'm "thinking" of giving up my Drivers' License & selling my LAST Vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Kadota, with ONLY 28,000 MILES on it.
                        PLEASE, share your thoughts about this!
                        KDad Afoot"

                        My thoughts are that all of us and every single one of us at any age and at any stage in life could have these very same depressing thoughts that "possibly" one day we may be too feeble to drive ..... too helpless to enjoy the late autumn of our days; hence, we should try to live every day considering facing these horrible "possible " facts.

                        However, has that "exact" feeble day arrived yet for me or for you? Not No ...... but Hell No!

                        In my opinion, life is a horrible bitch only for those weaklings who have chosen to give up ....... if you keep moving, nobody will bury you ..... stay strong, keep your driver's license, truck and dog and keep posting on Model A Forums to light up the lives of the oppressed and depressed ....... you have a purpose in life that every compassionate Model A owner loves and appreciates .... "life" and eternal happiness was made to be everlasting ...... why screw it up get rid of the very last few things you adore and possibly later become so depressed you may not even want to visit all of us on Model A Forums ?

                        Please stay up front advising the engineers in the Locomotive ...... when one gives up and moves rearward to the Caboose, just one more step and you are off Life's Train.

                        Hope this helps.


                      • #21
                        Originally posted by BILL WILLIAMSON View Post
                        I'm "thinking" of giving up my Drivers' License & selling my LAST Vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Kadota, with ONLY 28,000 MILES on it.
                        PLEASE, share your thoughts about this!
                        KDad Afoot
                        My mother stopped driving a few shortly before she went into a nursing home. One on of her last trips, I was in the passenger seat, and she was doing 50 in a 35 school zone. I told her to slow down, and asked why she was going so fast. She said that she could only see what was far away, and wanted to get there before it changed! Did I mention that she was Polish? Soon after that she gave the car to my brother, and took the geezer bus.
                        Eastern Connecticut


                        • #22
                          Bill if you can convince your Gov-mint that you are an illegal when you die you will get a free funeral.

                          If you are an American Veteran who served his country and maybe was even a combat vet, you are SOL they won't pay squat.


                        • #23
                          Typical American Old Time Rural Local Folks Who Never Gave Up:

                          My 96 year old next door neighbor/cousin was still driving at 96 when he died.
                          At 91 or so he asked me to drive him with his board of directors about 150 miles away to go look at an additional boiler to run his factory business he started in 1918.
                          After his car was loaded with his elderly staff, I got in his old stick shift Chevrolet and tried to put it in reverse.
                          The stick shift would not move above horizontal so I continued to try to push the stick shift upwards.
                          As he sat in the passenger seat he looked at me commented, "What are you doing?"
                          I told him I was trying to put his car in reverse.
                          He responded, "You had it in reverse."
                          I told him with my 1951 Plymouth .................... mine went "all the way up."
                          He smiled and responded .............. "Yes, when I was your age, mine went all the way up too!"


                          • BILL WILLIAMSON
                            BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                            Mine still goes ALL THE WAY UP, without VIAGRA, even, who shall I choose, to accommodate me???---OH, sorry, I jist discovered that we were discussing the Reverse Shifting position, on a '51 Plymouth----Same as on Chiefs' '49 & '53 Plymouths!
                            Bill Confused???

                          • Terry, NJ
                            Terry, NJ commented
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                            Bill, I'm really sad about your decision to give up driving! Or anyone else's too! My father's cousin did the same thing after he passed out walking to his truck one day, at age 93! I really thought Les was indestructible. In his younger days, he once lifted the back end of his AA off the ground. He could carry two 5 gal buckets of eggs, one in each hand, or carry a stack of slates up on the roof of his huge barn and fix the roof. It seemed there was nothing he couldn't do. But this time, he couldn't stop himself from having a blackout, and as he himself said, "What if i'd been on the highway?"

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