Daily Prompt: Licence to drive?

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Just look at them, rows of cars parked in the parking house. Someone drove them there ad deposited them, people that have a driving licence, all nicely in rows. Oh, if only I could do it again – of course I can, I can do it – according to keeping my driving licence.

Yes, car drivers, beware, I am still on the list of drivers and probably will stay there. Did you miss me this morning, wishing everyone a “Good Morning” from my computer headquarters and telling of the developments in a lonely outpost in Switzerland? No, oh well you cannot have it all. I had to leave my bed at the ungodly hour of 6.45 when it was dark and the hedgehogs were on their way home. I had to be at the doc specialist at 8.30 and such a visit needs a preparation to overcome my trembles.

It was time for the truth. Will I be allowed to drive a car or not? Actually the final decision is made when I complete a test which discovers that I am still in a condition to actually drive a car. After a few introductory “getting to know how you are” words with the doc, we came to the part where all the spectators (there were actually none) would be holding their breath. “About driving” he said: there was then a deathly silence until I realised he actually wanted to know my thoughts on the matter.

I decided to come clean and said that I had already thought about it. I have not driven the car for a couple of months, having a chauffeur. He found it is up to me, but he would have nothing against it, and neither would my own doctor, it is entirely up to me. He drew my attention to the fact that if I gave up my licence, I would no longer be allowed to drive, meaning that even if an emergency situation where I would be needed as a driver, I would no longer be allowed.

No-one wanted to take my licence away. He would give his permission and also my normal doctor, pending or course the results of the examination I must make, which he found would be no problem. Bascially it comes to the fact of being able, capable and sensible enough to drive. In other words, it is up to me, but he has nothing against it and my house doctor also not. Cutting a longer story short, I now have an appointment with my normal doc on Friday for this famous test to prove that I am not the mad driver of the horror films and can still do it. I can give up my licence any time, but now it seems is not really the time. I can do it I am sure, driving first – oh the inspiration. This test seems to be an idiot test, to be taken every two years from the age of 70, so what could possibly go wrong.

Having been reassured that I do not yet belong on the happy hunting ground of idiot drivers I now feel assured. Mr. Swiss was happy with the prospects of me driving again, and found I should drive at least once a day home from the supermarket. What can I say? I actually prefer to sit in the passenger seat and take photos on the way, but there is a Swiss well known book “Matto regiert” (Matto rules) about a murder in an asylum, and somehow this came to my mind. Mr. Swiss has the book so it will probably be one of my next lectures. If they insist on allowing me to drive, be prepared for anything, but I would so rather take photos.

I left the doctor feeling reassured that I can do it and remained at the decision that he would call me for the next meeting.

Daily Prompt: Licence to drive?

21 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Licence to drive?

    • Personally it does not bother me not driving, but not being allowed to drive could become a problem. Mr. Swiss has no problem with driving, but he is 8 years older than I am, and you never know when it would be necessary for me to drive, so I will have to bite into the bitter apple, or whatever it is, and do it.

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  1. Your blog prompted me to write about my experience in getting my licence renewed this year. And the difference between US and UK spelling – over here (US) they only use license for noun and verb. Very lazy.

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    • In Switzerland we do not have to renew licences until you get to the age of 70. It is a fairly new law, but when looking at what they want from you for this so-called test, it no big deal. It is me that has the problems.The specialist doc said as long as he gives the OK then there will be no problem. The problem seems to be me.

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  2. I am the same age as you are and I know the feeling; I do not want to bother driving anymore; I love being a passenger, and actually I have been feeling this way for the last ten years. However, it is important to force myself to drive because you never know when you will need to. Then if you have not been practicing, it will be really hard. I especially hate freeway driving, but I realize I need to be able to do it to visit my daughters.

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    • Exactly that is the way it is. On top of not wanting to drive are the changes constantly being made in the road systems. By freeway I think it is what I would call a motorway (or Autobahn in German) where speeds have high limits. I never liked freeways, hated driving on them and would probably no longer bother. Mr. Swiss also avoids them where possible and for long journeys we usually take the train. Just driving around in our town would be my limit. I know I can do it, but am just too lazy to bother. I have such a good chauffeur. One positive thing is that we have an automatic and I will not have to change gears. I have problems with my left foot that I tend to drag after walking for a while (MS) but the doctor said today I do not need the left foot when driving an automatic – clever guy 🙂

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  3. I, like you, have not driven recentlly. But emergencies happen and I know I can. I’ve done little short trips as needed that just remind me that I can, even if I prefer to not really do it. So go for it. You never know. You might get a yen to take up car racing.

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    • I do not enjoy driving a car, although I drove for many years everywhere and every day to work. I have just got lazy over the past months, and Mr. Swiss does it so well.I suppose I will have to bite into the sour apple and begin again. It is true, you never know when it might be necessary.

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    • When the warmer weather arrives, I will probably be taking a few walks with my camera again, but not driving. I do not really want to drive, and look upon it as a necessary evil. I do not enjoy driving.

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  4. I think your doctors are all rooting for you to continue driving. Not being able to drive at all is too final. Good luck with your doctor,Pat; I think it is wise to keep your license……just in case. Let Mr Swiss take photos from the passenger seat. Or not. 😀

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    • Maybe you can keep the license just in case you need to drive and just drive once in a while or one way to wherever ya’ll are going, that way you can keep up with the driving experience and still be able to take your photos. When I get to the point where I can no longer drive, I think I will feel lost. I love the independence and have driven most every day since I was fifteen.

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    • Based on being sensible, my doctor found absolutely no reason for me not to drive, and he has more experience with his MS patients. My house doctor will follow his advice so eventually I will keep my licence. Mr. Swiss will not be taking photos, I know that. He will probably be keeping a second eye on the road – just to be sure.

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    • That is why I will probably continue to keep my licence, because you never know when you will need to drive. The idea is now that I drive a few times in the week. I do not even like driving. I drove for years to work and other places, even took my car on holiday with me. I suppose I will have to take the wheel in my hands again.

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