Roland Dürre
Tuesday January 19th, 2016

Why I no longer drive a car.

(One of several reasons)

 “CAR CRAHES INTO BAKERY (HAAR)“

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Yesterday (Monday), I found this item of news (Meldung) in the SZ. I publish it because it happens rather frequently that I read about such or similar accidents – often with more detrimental endings – happening even in our region. In this particular case, the driver was rather young: 66 years old.

Not too long ago, for instance, a considerably older driver ran into the display window of a toy shop on the Ottobrunn/Riemerling Kufsteiner-/Ottostrasse – the car had just started from the “park” position!

Perhaps they should really start thinking about whether persons beyond pension age are assumed to still be able to remain in control of a machine that has the energy of several hundred PS and that weighs 1.5 tons and is rather dangerous, such as a SUV.
If you really have to do it and can truly not go by foot or bike or use public transportation, why could you not, for instance, use a light-weight and slow electronic car for your oh-so-much-loved individual mobility.

I will be sixty-six next summer. On the whole, I still feel rather well-preserved. However, if I listen closely and watch my own body, I also notice that all these years left their mark. And they will continue to do so. Which is also the reason why I stopped playing soccer two years ago.

Also, it happens only very rarely and with an absolutely dwindling tendency that I sit behind the wheel of a car. One of the reasons is that I would not wish to destroy my so far lucky car balance sheet (I never injured anybody when driving a car, not even lightly).

RMD
(Translated by EG)

3 Kommentare zu “Why I no longer drive a car.”

  1. Bberlina (Tuesday January 19th, 2016)

    Linkverbesserung
    http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/haar-auto-rast-in-baeckerei-drei-verletzte-1.2821893
    (ist irgendwelcher Code drin…)

  2. rd (Tuesday January 19th, 2016)

    Hi Bberlina, danke! Fehler ist jetzt auch im Artikel behoben.

  3. Zebra (Sunday February 14th, 2016)

    Leider kann ich dem Autor in diesem Fall nicht zustimmen.
    Alte Menschen benötigen Mobilität, diese ist im urbanen Umfeld kein Problem. Überall hat man kurze Wege zum ÖPNV und die täglichen Ziele wie Einkaufsmärkte, Ärzte usw. sind meist nicht allzuweit entfernt vom Wohnort. In diesem Fall schätze ich den Verzicht auf den eigenen PKW als möglich ein.
    Aber bitte denken Sie an den ländlichen Raum. Ältere Menschen sind ohne den eigenen PKW von der Außenwelt abgeschnitten und der ÖPNV ist wenn überhaupt noch vorhanden verkümmert. Das Taxi ist aufgrund der schlechten Verfügbarkeit und nicht zuletzt der hohen Kosten auch keine Alternative.
    Was bleibt den alten Menschen in dieser Situation?
    Ich hoffe auf die baldige Einführung der selbstfahrenden Wagen.

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