Seniors Driving With Pets


A new study shows that elderly people who always drive with a pet in their car are far more likely to crash than those who never drive with a pet.   I know, earth shattering, right?   Published in a recent issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, the findings are consistent with the fact that a lot of elderly people are just shitty drivers.   And it turns out that if you distract them they tend to be even shittier.  So, if you want a grant to study whether the elderly crash more while texting, listening to their spouse nag, changing the radio station, leaning over to fart or driving when they are tired then you can easily get a grant from the Institute of Obvious Observations.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Seniors Driving With Pets

  1. Harry S Nydick
    May 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Bullshit. Now, I’ll grant that some people lose their responsive abilities when they get past a certain age. However, seniors as a group ride with pets far less often than younger people and are better drivers – due to experience, than many others. They also have fewer nagging spouses, because there are more widows and widowers (not to mentioned divorced) among seniors – and far fewer screaming, acting up, distracting kids. Seniors are no more shitty drivers than anyone else. If anything, some tend to be overcautious. So, if by ‘shitty,’ you meant that they obey the traffic laws, stay to the right when not passing and show courtesy to other drivers,t hen you are right. speeding, cutting people out, blasting bass on a radio so that it can be heard half a mile a way and makes other cars vibrate, running red lights, rolling through stop signs, etc. – these are all things that few seniors do. One more thought – is it shitty driving when I drive 25 mph in a 25 mph zone (that is often guarded by police looking to give out tickets), while someone younger rides on my tail, dangerously, because that person is too impatient to obey the law? Is that person going to pay my speeding ticket and the cost increase in my car insurance? I doubt it. Right now, I’m going to lean over and fart on this entirely stupid and unfounded assertion of yours.

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