I've seen FAR too many people of the generation ahead of me, including my mother, my uncles, and many friends, whose whole LIVES and whose whole self-image as a human being and member of society are tied up in their ability to drive a car.
They feel that if they can't drive, they are worthless, crippled, and might as well die. It's not that they HAVE to drive, or don't have anyone to drive for them, it's that they associate driving with their freedom and worth.
Men can be the worst; they think that their manhood is threatened, that if they lose their driving license, it's like losing their testicles.
And as a result, thousands of people each year are killed by incapable, prideful drivers that no longer have the ability to drive safely but won't admit it.
I pray that I'll never be that way. I like being chauffeured ... !