Something happens to our brain between age 16 and 60

January 13, 2010 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

When I went to town yesteray, I got behind a mid-size white car with a tag that read STUDENT DRIVER. This was not in the busy part of town but on roads that skirt the perimeter.

Every time the driver left an intersection, it crawled at a snail’s pace. First 5 miles per hour. Then 10, 15, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, and so on.  By the time it went a mile and approached the next intersection, it had climbed to 38—nowhere near the 45 mile per hour speed limit. And rather than slowing down for the upcoming stop sign, it waited until it was nearly there and then stopped suddenly, causing the four heads in the car to lunge forward and then pop back.

Driving slow, stopping abruptly… It’s hard to tell whether I’m describing a driver 16 years old or 60—something happens to our “driving brain” between those two ages!  Gee, just a few short years and I’ll need a neck brace for my own driving.  And joggers will be able to pass me.   🙂

 

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