Husband probably feels safer going slow
Tom: I’ve got bad news for you, Gayle. Your husband a geezer. And before all you geezers write to us and complain, please note that we use the word “geezer” as a term of endearment. Like “knucklehead.”
Ray: My brother should know. He’s both.
Tom: Well, some things change when you get older.
Ray: Like the age range for potential dates in your personals ad, which I see you’ve adjusted to “48 to 108.”
Tom: Well, I’ve noticed that at some point, my reflexes started slowing down. My eyes don’t notice things quite as quickly, and my brain and body don’t react to them as fast. So, in the interests of self-protection, my brain has made me drive slower, so things feel manageable.
Ray: Yeah. I don’t think he made a conscious decision to slow down; I think his brain did it for him, because it was sending the message that driving faster doesn’t feel safe.
Tom: As long as I’m aware of what’s going on around me, and I’m not making a traffic hazard of myself (like by going 35 in the passing lane), it’s fine to drive a little slower.
Ray: So I don’t think you really want your hubby to speed up, Gayle. Even though he isn’t saying so, I suspect he doesn’t feel safe driving at normal speeds anymore. He even feels unsafe when
driving at a higher speed, because it seems much faster to him than it used to.
Tom: Why is he fine on the highway? My guess is that highway driving is easier for him. There are no turns in the road, no crossing traffic, no pedestrians, no bicyclists, no