Hus­band prob­a­bly feels safer go­ing slow

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Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS REVIEW - Con­tin­ued from D

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

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