Youre correct. I got the age wrong.
My point is that some old lady messed up and died with her husband as a result. In this particular case I believe brevity is a wiser and more compassionate response. Save the criticism for the real jerks. imho :)
After a similar incident in which I almost caused a collision, I spent a few months purposefully conditioning myself to ALWAYS take a second - and sometimes third - look before turning across on-coming traffic.
Point taken and opinion understood. While it is sad that this happened, we need to look at why this happens so much more frequently than years ago. With all the added signals, signs, road markings, separate turning lanes and safety features implemented in vehicles, you’d think that these things would rarely occur nowadays when in fact, they occur more often. What I have observed over the years is a decline in people being concerned with their driving and putting their focus elsewhere. People are not paying attention to lights, signs, markings and the actions of other vehicles on the road. Perhaps they have a false sense of security. Many are living inside a bubble and think it’s everyone else’s job to be on the lookout. I’ve unfortunately spoken with many who have openly shared that opinion and criticized other drivers while not observing their own mistakes. I know many people I refuse to drive with because of their cavalier attitude and some of them have actually scared the schitt out of me. One is a family member who I am expecting to read about someday (I understand where all the dents in the car came from while the one I drive has none). When I hear people say “Oh, they’ll stop or move out of the way” or “What’s the big deal?“ things have gone too far and gotten too callous with regard for expectations.
I truly believe everyone needs to wake up and face the reality that every action has a consequence, whether good or bad and it doesn’t matter how “wonderful” a person they are when not behind the wheel. I’m not saying I’m perfect, I’ve crumpled a few fenders, but learned from my mistakes and those of others.
What I’d like to see is a more stringent licensing system as is found in Europe and especially Germany. We’d see much of this garbage stop and most likely, half of the country lose their licenses.
Glad to hear you take the time to do second and third looks. It becomes common practice and lets you know what you missed first time around. Drive safely. I hope others learn from all these senseless crashes. It’s really not funny when otherwise careful people get killed and was usually easily preventable.
Notice to all: Pay attention to everything and assume nothing.