deep sea blue


We seem to keep our cars forever, driving them into the ground before we finally give up and buy a new one. In thirty-eight years of marriage we have only bought five new cars, a 1977 Datsun B210, a 1988 Dodge Grand Caravan (great for transporting 3 kids and all their friends!), a 1997 Toyota Tercel, a 2000 Toyota Echo (so we could let Larisa use it the Tercel for college – she almost drove it into the ground before giving it back to us!), and the new 2014 Subaru Impreza pictured above. Somehow between all the snowstorms we manged to get this one out for a test drive, purchased and finally brought home. I LOVE that the manufacturer describes her color as “deep sea blue.”

As age increases, older drivers generally become more conservative on the road. Many mature drivers modify their driving habits (for instance to avoid busy highways or night-time driving) to match their declining capabilities. However, statistics show that older drivers are more likely than younger ones to be involved in multi-vehicle crashes, particularly at intersections.

image credit: Kelsey Pike
image credit: Kelsey Pike

Tim keeps saying this is our last car! As we are getting older, with slower reaction times, and seem more easily confused and distracted – Tim actually took a LEFT on a red light a few weeks ago – the safety features seemed most important. I’ve already been avoiding interstates and night-time driving. My depth perception is gone forever, I fear.

When my grandparents were in their sixties they were involved in a car crash at an intersection. They had been visiting us and were on their way home. They drove half a mile down our road and stopped at a stop sign before taking a left onto the highway. But a car they didn’t see was coming up the hill on the highway from the left and crashed into the front of their car, a VW Bus. Someone in a nearby house called the police, but before the sirens started blaring, my mother’s intuition told her something was wrong and led her out to her car and down to the intersection. She got there just before the police and ambulance did, and then followed the ambulance to the hospital.

Fortunately my grandparents were all right. They had multiple lacerations on their faces and broke the same knees – I forget if it was both left or both right knees. 🙂 The nurses at the hospital thought they were such an adorable couple that they bent the rules and put them in the same room. Because they were at a local hospital we got to visit them. I remember how protective of them my mother was, and how she somehow knew the moment they were in danger.

Memories…  Let’s hope Tim & I get through our sixties without incident! I am really enjoying the heated seats!! And there are roof racks for the occasional trip to IKEA or trips down south to visit the kids. Georgia & North Carolina, here we come!!!

11 thoughts on “deep sea blue”

    1. Thank you, Janet! We feel such relief now that the decision making process is behind us. Will have to come see you when I’m comfortable enough to drive it myself. 🙂

  1. Sweet Story!
    Congratulations on your new car! Drive safe and aware.

    I try to time my driving at the least busy times, go routes that avoid traffic and crossing left when I can. Of course I have this huge black Dodge Ram Van which was or is Mom’s. She bought it years ago to travel in. I have to say it is the most uncomfortable vehicle I ever drove!

    Best to you both!

    1. Thanks, Jeff! That’s interesting that you avoid turning left – I do, too. In fact, when doing errands I travel around town counterclockwise, turning right as much as possible. 🙂 I’m a big fan of those green arrows when I absolutely must take a left. Did your mom enjoy driving the big van when she could? (I found a picture of one online – yikes – it IS huge!)

  2. Great post, Barbara. And congrats on the new car. I, too, love the color. Personally, I hate to drive, and here in Ecuador we don’t have a car. We just don’t need one, which suits me just fine. Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    1. Thank you, Kathy. It would be so wonderful to live without a car – my parents did for a short time when we were living in Greece. As teenagers, my sister and I loved the freedom of being able to hop on a bus and go any place we wanted at any time, without bugging a grown-up for a ride. 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your new car. I love the color. Welcome to the Subaru family.
    Mr F and I both drive Subarus: an Outback Station wagon (2000) and an Imprezza (2011)

    1. Thank you for the warm welcome, Rosie! My sister has a 2008 Impreza with 200,000+ miles on it – she has a long commute. She’s starting to think about a new one. I’m impressed that your 2000 Outback is still on the road – it bodes well for a long life for our new Subaru.

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