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#8 of 9 aging driver in the family?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 02, 2012 (6:35 pm)
If you ever had a difficult conversation with an older loved one about his or her poor driving, a reporter wants to interview you. Please email predmunds.com by April 5, 2012 with your daytime contact information and a few words about your experience.
#9 of 9 Don't sell her a new one.
Apr 02, 2012 (7:44 pm)
Florida woman, 93, reaches end of the road after 576,000 miles in her 1964 Mercury
The end of the road is here for Rachel Veitch's beloved "Chariot."
After 576,000 miles -- or more than a trip to the moon and back -- in the same 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, the 93-year-old Orlando grandmother is stepping on the brakes due to age-related macular degeneration in both eyes. She realized her vision had completely failed her in early March after running a "bald-faced red light," Veitch told FoxNews.com.
"I am legally blind, so I can no longer drive my lovely Chariot," she said by phone. "They donít have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car again."
Veitch, a retired nurse who told FoxNews.com in July 2009 that the car had outlasted three marriages and three sets of shocks, said she last drove on March 9. The following day, her worst fears were confirmed when she couldn't read large headlines in the newspaper, the result of years of deteriorating vision for the near-obsessive car fanatic.
"I know I'm not safe enough to drive," she continued. "But I have taken it in stride."
Veitch bought her beloved ride for $3,289 in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Fla. The car, which has been appraised at $12,000, has gone through 18 batteries, eight mufflers and countless oil changes. She credits her near-obsessive dedication to the car as the main reason why it's spent nearly half a century in her care.
"When I buy gas, I write down the mileage, the date and how many miles per gallon I got," she told FoxNews.com in 2009. "I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands."