DRIVEN TO SPEAK
In “Giving Up the Keys” [November], there is a statement that Ontario has a particularly rigorous regulation on the licensing of elderly drivers. I can only assume that you have not attended a session recently for 80-year-olds in Ontario.
True, they used to be quite thorough. We had a written test with the questions covering not only the rules of the road and signage but details about kiddies’ car seats. We really had to study and be well prepared. There was a detailed lecture and Q & A period, along with vision tests. Anyone looking unsteady or a bit decrepit had to have a driving test.
Recently, though, the written test has been omitted. A “cognitive test” has been added, involving drawing a clock face and placing the two hands at “10 to two.” The lecture has been reduced. No preparation is needed.
The rest of the article and its self-regulating advice were fine. — Don Chutter, via email