Great improvement

Dear sir:
As you approach your 80th birthday, you have some trepidation to open the letter in the brown envelope that you know will arrive from the Ministry of Transportation.
You know you will have to take some tests to renew your driver’s licence. The government wants to cut down on car accidents and wants to limit the number of older drivers.
Locally, prior to September, 2003, you went to the MTO office on Portage Avenue, where you were given a written test and a vision test, and then were told you would have to listen to a lecture at a later date.
This lecture, given by a man from Thunder Bay, outlined the problems of age on driving skills and methods to minimize their effects.
The lecture was good, but the male voice drowsed you (and I am sure that I was not the only person that nearly fell asleep).
Fortunately, there has been a change. You now call a 1-800 number and get told to report to Rainycrest here at a certain time and date.
Now a lady, also from Thunder Bay, tests your eyes, then talks of driving problems with age. She gets a discussion going. No longer did I get sleepy.
Then you do your written test, which is marked right there. Some of us were sent to the Drive Test Centre (now on Mowat Avenue), where we were given an appointment for a 15-minute road test.
Another lady was the tester. She was considerate, able, and co-operative.
I think that using ladies with their helpful attitude has made a great improvement to the program.
Thank you,
Ron Helliar
Fort Frances, Ont.

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