March 12, 2012


Should older drivers be allowed to hold a full UK licence without further testing? This is a difficult question to answer.

Statistics show that the number of over 70s with a driving licence has quadrupled over the past 35 years, which means over 60% of those over the age of 70 hold a driving licence. This is compared with only 15% in 1975.

However, when we look at deaths and serious injuries resulting from car accidents, the number is reducing for younger drivers but the percentage is not falling at the same rate despite the numerous road safety measures being introduced for the older driver.

We should take into consideration that older drivers who are involved in a car accident may be more at risk of suffering serious injury or death due to their frailty, which would impact the statistics yet surely it is best to improve safety on our roads no matter what their age.

Institute of Advanced Motorists chief executive Simon Best said: “Older people need their cars, which give them better mobility and access to more activities and services.”

Rather than looking at ways to prevent the older generation driving, we should make them aware of the risks involved and offer them ways to improve their skill and eliminate bad habits.

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