Refresher courses for all ages, please

Funniest thing that you should have a notice about “driver refresher courses for the elderly” in your Good Life section Tuesday. I admit that while us “elderly” are slower on some things, there is a huge con

tingent of automobile drivers that just dotter along when it comes to taking responsibility for:

1. Replacing headlamps when their night time vision gets dimmer.

2. Using that little “stick on the side of the steering column” when making a turn (the bulbs won’t rust from under-use).

3. Checking to see that their brake lights are working.

C’mon, people. It takes less than five minutes to walk around the car once in a while to make sure all the right things work. If they don’t, get them fixed!

I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten behind someone who has only one brake light or doesn’t bother to signal when changing lanes. When writing tickets I believe whoever stops you should do a once over of your basic driving equipment. If it doesn’t work — add another infraction for $100-plus. It’s our responsibility to drive safely. If we are old enough to drive a car, we are old enough to make sure all of it works.

Sandie Berkey

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