Anti-aging Column

Published on March 7th, 2016 | by Ann Rickard


Catch Me If You Can

Is it a reality or just a common myth that as you age you drive much slower?

We have all had the experience of being in a car behind an old bloke driving 35 kmh in a 70 zone and been nearly driven insane.

Who among us has not sat behind such an old man?

He usually has a bowling hat on, or his bowling hat is on the back dashboard, and he is crawling along without a care in the world, oblivious to the line of cars stretching a couple of kilometres behind, all with angry drivers waving impotent fists at him.

(Apologies for the stereotyping of the old bloke and for giving him a bowling hat. Shameful of me. Lots of young people enjoy bowling and have hats. I think you know what I mean.)

If it is not the bloke, it is the old lady with the Sunday best hat.

Even though I am of a certain age I do not fit the mould of the old bloke or old lady with a hat.

I find with each year that I age, my foot gets heavier on the pedal. I am prone to driving faster, not slower, as I bound into old age.

Maybe I am a freak but I feel no compulsion to slow down in the car just because I have had an impressive number of birthdays.

I always, always, stick to the speed limit, let me assure you of that, I am a good law-biding citizen.

I have to keep myself in check, especially on highways where 100 seems to be ridiculously slow and I am anxious to get going, to overtake the dawdlers and reach my destination before anyone else.

I have aging friends who feel the same way.

Perhaps it is only our fathers and grandfathers who felt the need to slow down in the car as they matured.

I will keep on driving at the correct speed for as long as I can. There will never be a bowling hat on my back dashboard.

Nor will there be a 2km line of frustrated drivers behind me.

Safe driving to you.


About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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